Due to inflammation of the nose and/or sinuses, the vent tube connecting the nasal part of pharynx and the middle ear (Eustachian tube) closes. If your child has a third tonsil, the pressure on the Eustachian tube will be higher, and the symptoms more pronounced. In these circumstances, the middle ear is not ventilated and disturbance of pressures, liquid spills and bacterial infections occur. A rupture (break) of the eardrum can also occur. Otitis media can occur at any age but is most common in children from 6 months to 4 years old. It is most common in winter.
If a child can speak, they will complain about the pain in the ear, while tearfulness and mood swings can be noted in infants. It is necessary to take the child to a paediatrician or an otorhinolaryngologist for an exam if there is any suspicion of an ear infection. Thus, timely treatment ensures that complications and chronic inflammations are avoided.
Besides an antibiotic, nasal decongestant drops must be administered to open the Eustachian tube. After a 5-day course of decongestants, such as Meralys HA spray, the nose should be rinsed and moisturised with Aqua Maris drops for the gentle mucous to recover as soon as possible. Besides the symptomatic therapy, analgesics for fever, pain, and rehydration are also available.