Ear Pain? What is the Cause?
By Child & Adolescent Clinic
August 01, 2017
Category: Children's Health
When your child experiences ear pain, it can take a toll on their irritability and daily activities. Understanding your child’s ear pain is key in determining the treatment needed to relieve their pain. Ear pain is
never fun and it can really stop your child in their tracks, which is why it is important to visit your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and care.
According to your pediatrician, the most common cause of ear pain in children (and adults, too) is blocked Eustachian tubes. When functioning normally, the Eustachian tubes keep the air pressure even on both sides of the eardrum. This ear pain is typically worse at night because the tubes cannot drain naturally when you are lying down.
Other causes of ear pain include:
- Acute infections of the middle ear
- Enlarged adenoids
- Bacterial, fungal or viral infection in the external part of the ear
Your child can also develop swimmer’s ear, even if they are not a swimmer. This infection occurs when water gets in the ear, most often while showering, and it can’t be expelled. This then leads to ear pain and transient deafness, but by visiting your pediatrician, your child can receive proper treatment.
If your child experiences ear pain, contact your pediatrician for more information on ear pain and how to help your child.