New Weapon for Fighting Ear Infections

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Left untreated, ear infections can cause continued ear pain and fever or worse – mild to severe hearing loss that may cause delays in speech and language development.

Ear infections are a familiar –and unpleasant—reality for many children, and not just in the winter. Ear infection season stretches into April in most parts of country.

Whether your child is simply tugging at her ear or screaming with ear pain, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of an ear infection and take the appropriate steps, working with your physician, to confirm an ear infection. Left untreated, ear infections can cause continued ear pain and fever or worse – mild to severe hearing loss that may cause delays in speech and language development.

“Acute otitis media is the most common bacterial infection afflicting children. By the age of three, over 80 percent of children in America have suffered at least one episode,” said Stan Block, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics at the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville.

You can help protect your child’s ear health with regular monitoring, Block and other physicians say. They note that your child may not exhibit symptoms and that symptoms can be similar to those for other childhood ailments, such as teething.

They suggest monitoring your child for telltale signs:

  •     Fever
  •     Irritability
  •     Tugging on the ear
  •     Sleeplessness

When any of the above is present, you should practice what is known as “watchful waiting,” or continuing to check the child, and treating pain with over-the-counter medication. If the symptoms persist or worsen, parents should contact the child’s doctor.

To assist with “watchful waiting,” you may consider using a new home monitoring device. Incorporating technology originally developed for physicians and used by health professionals nationwide, the EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor provides a quick, accurate and painless method of detecting middle-ear fluid. The device shows a simple-to-read green, yellow and red scale indicating whether fluid is present and requires monitoring or a visit to the doctor. The monitor incorporates technology recognized by American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians guidelines.

“Parents now have the opportunity to assist the pediatrician in assessing their child’s middle ear status with a device that is as easy to use as an ear thermometer,” said Block.

Make sure your child is ready to enjoy spring by monitoring regularly for signs of ear infection.

For more information: (http://news2.earcheck.com)

About EarCheck

EarCheck is a product of Innovia Medical, a Lenexa, Kansas-based company founded to develop and market technology that detects sign of ear infection.

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