Category: Ear Infections

It’s Summer! How to Guard Against Swimmer’s Ear

Boy with Swimmers EarSummer has just arrived and with it comes lots of fun in and visits to pools. That got us thinking about swimmer’s ear and earaches in general.

Swimmer’s ear is an infection, irritation, or inflammation of the skin that covers that part of the outer ear that leads to the ear drum. Medically, it’s referred to as acute external otitis.

Causes are usually attributable to bacteria, i.e., streptococcus, staphylococcus, or pseudomonas, found in the water that gets caught or trapped in the ear. Infection can occur because the bacteria in the trapped water multiply.

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Why Do Children Have So Many Ear Infections?

If your child has frequent ear infections, you are not alone. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says it is the most common childhood illness (other than colds) for infants and young children. Ear infections occur most frequently between the ages of 3 months and 3 years, but are common until the age of 8. Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection before their third birthday and nearly 40% of children will have three or more ear infections before that age.

Why are ear infections so common?

Basically, ear infections are common because the tubes and spaces in children’s ears are so small. When a child gets a cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection, bacteria from those illnesses can spread to the middle ear. The bacteria causes fluid to build up in the middle ear (the space behind the ear drum), it becomes infected, the eardrum becomes inflamed, and bingo, you have an ear infection.

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