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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Vera | 2007/03/14

Q.

Fluid bubble

Hi

Took my 6mth old to the doctor to check if she had an ear infection again.It turns out she has a fluid bubble in her ear.Apparently quite a big fluid bubble for her age.We have nose drops to try and reduce and will take her back to see if it has cleared.I have been told that if it doesnt go away we will have to take her to an ENT specialist and she may have to get grommets.What causes a fluid bubble? Does this cause pain for the child, she seems happy enough she was just playing with her ear the whole time?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is very common and is seen in children with fluid in the middle ear, a condition known as glue ear. It is not painful but it does interfere with the child's hearing. It is best to get an opinion from an ENT specialist at this stage.

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