Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cat | 2011-05-31


Ear Pressure

Our son is 3 Years and 4 Months. We flew to Cape Town in April and we always use a nasonex and a Saline spray before we fly as well as let our children drink fluids on take off and landing to help prevent the pressure in their ears. The day after we returned we had an appointment with a Speech Therapist. She found that the pressure in his right ear was over -200 (i understand the normal pressure should -50 to -100. We took him to our GP and it was confirmed that he started with a Middle Ear infection. The GP prescribed Antibiotics for 10 days. After 5 days the Speech Therapist took the pressure and it was starting to go down but after he finished the 10 days antibiotics the pressure was going up again. We then used Iliadin drops and Rinex twice a day (this is what we used before for our son with a middle ear infection last year) but the pressure is still going up. The pressure is currently on -183 in the right ear. The left ear is normal (-73). Our son is not complaining of earache or anything and it does not seem like anything is wrong. What can cause this pressure and what else can be done about it? Will it damage his hearing/ear?

Expert's Reply



This problem is usually caused by fluid behind the eardrum. It is likely that your son has a condition called glue ear affecting his right ear. This can often follow an ear infection.Glue ear can affect hearing in the affected ear. It would be best to ask an ENT specialist to examine your son. He may require a grommet in his right ear.

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