Personal stories about treatment for fluid behind the eardrum
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Ramon, age 45: My little boy, Mateo, is 5
years old. He has only had two ear infections, but he still has fluid behind
his eardrum since this last infection. The fluid has been behind his eardrum
for 3 months now. It doesn't seem to bother him. I'm going to have Mateo's
hearing tested and, if it is okay, I'm just going to wait to see if the fluid
will go away on its own.
Wilson, age 33: My daughter, Sarah, is almost
3 years old. A few months ago, she had her fourth ear infection, and this time
there is still fluid behind her eardrum. I am worried. I don't want Sarah to
have trouble with her speech. I have heard about putting tubes in children's
ears to help drain fluid. Even though surgery is scary, I'm going to go ahead
and talk with Sarah's doctor about having it done. Sarah is tired of taking
medicines, and I don't want Sarah to have any hearing loss.
Michelle, age 25: My daughter, Amanda, is 4.
She just had her first ear infection 4 months ago and still has fluid behind
her eardrum. I had her hearing tested, and there is no problem. The fluid
doesn't seem to bother her. Amanda really hates to take medicine, so I'm just
going to wait and see if the fluid will go away on its own.
Rachel, age 42 : My son, Saul, is 7 years old.
Saul has only had a few ear infections, and none of them have caused much
trouble. This last infection, however, was worse than any other. It started 5
months ago. The doctor gave Saul antibiotics, and that seemed to help. The
problem is that Saul still has fluid behind his left eardrum. It doesn't really
bother him, except he says that his ear seems "stuffy." We have tried letting
it get better on its own, but it isn't changing. We're going to go ahead and
talk with Saul's doctor about trying antibiotics again.
Debby Golonka, MPH
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
February 2, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 02, 2009
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