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Ear Infection Surgery


Ear infection, also known as otitis media, is an infection of the middle ear, the space located behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Ear infections are often painful due to inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

Risk Factors

  • Age: Children between the ages of 6 months to 2 years are more susceptible due to the size and shape of their eustachian tubes and their still-developing immune systems.
  • Group child care: Children cared for in group settings are more likely to get colds and ear infections than are children who stay home because they’re exposed to more infections.
  • Bottle-feeding: Babies who drink from a bottle, especially while lying down, may have more ear infections than do babies who breast-feed.
  • Seasonal factors: Ear infections are most common during the fall and winter when colds and flu are prevalent.


1. Avoid secondhand smoke: Children exposed to tobacco smoke have a higher risk of ear infections.
2. Breast-feed: Breast-feeding your baby for the first six months can help prevent ear infections.
3. Keep vaccinations up to date: Certain vaccinations can help prevent ear infections.
4. Avoid using pacifiers: Use of pacifiers can cause ear infections in infants and young children.

Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts

Myth: All ear pain is due to an ear infection.

Fact: Not all ear pain is an ear infection. It can be caused by various conditions like teething in infants, throat infections, or excessive ear wax.

Myth: Antibiotics are the only treatment for ear infections.

Fact: While antibiotics can be effective, many ear infections are viral and resolve on their own.

Myth: Only children get ear infections.

Fact: While ear infections are more common in children, adults can also get them.

Myth: You can’t swim if you have an ear infection.

Fact: Unless there is a perforation or a tube in the ear, swimming should not worsen the infection.

Ear pain, difficulty hearing, fluid drainage from the ear, fever, and irritability in children can be symptoms of an ear infection.
While not all ear infections can be prevented, reducing risk factors and getting vaccinated can help.
They are often treated with antibiotics. However, pain management is also an important part of treatment.
The ear infection itself isn’t contagious, but the cold that may be associated with it can be.
If symptoms last for more than a day, occur in a child less than 6 months old, or are accompanied by severe symptoms like a high fever or severe pain, seek medical attention.


Ear infections are a common and often painful condition that can affect both children and adults. Prevention includes avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke, breast- feeding, keeping up-to-date on vaccinations, and avoiding pacifiers. Understanding the facts about ear infections can help to dispel common myths and guide appropriate care.
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