If your child develops cold symptoms, your emergency pediatrician may advise you to be on the lookout for symptoms of an ear infection. Infants and young children are especially susceptible to ear infections because of anatomical differences. The tube that extends from the nose to the middle ear is wider, shorter, and horizontal early in childhood. This facilitates the transfer of germs to the middle ear.
You can hear more about this common problem by watching this video. It explains how the tube can become blocked due to congestion, which enables germs to accumulate and fluid to build up. The accumulation of fluid against the eardrum is what causes the earache.
If your child has an ear infection or cold symptoms in the DFW area, you can trust the pediatric team at Pediatrics After Hours to help him or her feel well again. Our emergency pediatricians provide healthcare services after normal business hours.