Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: m | 2010/09/20

Q.

5 year old not hearing after ear infection

Hallo Prof

Our 5 year old son is not hearing well. He has enlarged adenoids that we were considering to have taken out (snoring, coughing in sleep). Two weeks ago he was at GP for ear infection and bronchiolitis and is on 6 week course of Bactrim, after which he needs to go back for check up.

My questions:
Do I wait for the six weeks to pass before I take him back, if he can''t hear properly? (he is well again otherwise)
Also, should we have the adenoids taken out ASAP for his benefit?

Thank you!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son cannot hear properly probably as a result of having 'glue ear'. This often follows on an ear infection. He would benefit greatly from having his adenoids removed and probably may need grommets in his ears to drain the fluid behind his ear drums.

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