How to judge otitis media in children?

Otitis media in children is an inflammation of the middle ear that occurs in children. It is caused by pathogens such as Eustachian tube dysfunction, bacteria and viruses entering the tympanum, causing mucosal infection or immune response in the middle ear cavity. So how to judge otitis media in children? Nanchang Broad Otolaryngology Hospital introduces the typical symptoms of otitis media in children:

  1. Earache

Acute otitis media manifests as sudden earache at night or after sleeping, and most have a history of upper respiratory tract infection. But secretory otitis media is mostly without ear pain.

  1. Hearing loss

Hearing loss is mostly mild to moderate, generally not exceeding 60 decibels. The main symptoms of children with daily conversations are “ahhh” or frequently asking “what do you say”, or when watching TV, the volume is turned up. Some children may have ear dullness.

  1. Tinnitus
  2. Ear discharge

Ear discharge can occur after acute otitis media perforation of the tympanic membrane or chronic otitis media.

  1. Abnormal balance

Some children may have unstable walking. At the same time, it can be accompanied by systemic symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc.


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