Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ear Infections

So, after a couple days of Ben and Josh having fevers, acting lethargic, puking, etc. I decided it was time to see the doc. They both have bad ear infections. I consider our family lucky though because this is the first time any of my kids have had one (of course it would have to be both boys at the same time!) Emma was also checked and thank goodness she is healthy (knock on wood!) The boys are on antibiotics for a couple days and should be good as new very soon. I decided to educate myself about the infection and here is what I found out:

Ear infections (acute otitis media) occur in the space behind the eardrum, which is called the middle ear. Ear infections are more likely to occur after a cold or other upper respiratory infection has been present for a few days.

During a cold, throat infection, or allergy attack, the tube that connects the throat and the middle ear (eustachian tube) swells and prevents air from entering the middle ear. This can create suction, which pulls fluid into the middle ear space. The fluid becomes trapped in the middle ear, allowing viruses or bacteria to grow and cause infection.

Ear infections are most common in children younger than age 7. Young children have shorter, softer, and more horizontal eustachian tubes, which are more easily blocked than those of older children and s.

Symptoms of ear infection can include ear pain, fever, thick and yellow drainage from the ear, irritability, loss of appetite, vomiting, difficulty sleeping, and trouble hearing.


Ashleigh said...

That sucks. Ryleigh is just now getting what me, Jayden and Chad have all had. I hope she sleeps through most of it like Jayden did, but knowing my luck she will be awake crying for 2 days until it passes. Ah well, we should be good to go before we leave for Utah in like A WEEK! Crazy!!! I can't wait to see you guys. If you get tired of us or you are getting stressed of us being there, just let me know. I feel bad for bombarding you and just dropping a "Hey, we're coming to visit you" like this. I'm thinking it will be fun, though. I can't wait to see your house. Yay!!

Mindurs said...

Yuk - ear infections are the worst! Ashie has had more then his fair share of ear infections. Thank goodness for antibiotics - your boys should be feeling well soon.

Whitney said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! Ear infections are the worst. It's nice that they have medicine. Mom used to always put onion juice in my ear (eww.) I'll be praying for ya!

Chad, Ashley, and Logan said...

No fun! Hope everyone starts feeling better. Earaches are no fun for adults let alone little kids.