What's Going Around: Ear Infections

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There are seasonal symptoms to look out for in the event your child comes down with What’s Going Around: Ear Infections.

They are on the increase at this time of year, especially with our kids being in classrooms and passing the cold virus back and forth.

Here's how it happens: when your child has a cold, the virus creates a lot of mucus which tends to clog the eustachian tube, which connects the back of the throat up to the middle ear.

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The clogged tube allows for bacteria to get trapped. The body then sends in white blood cells, there's a fluid build-up and an ear infection.

Dr. Mike Patrick of Nationwide Children’s Hospital said it’s little kids who going to be hit, "They typically have shorter eustachian tubes — and wider — it's easier for bacteria from the mouth to get up there in the first place and then they also get colds more frequently than adults do."

Dr. Mike says it's always good to call your doctor — especially when symptoms last for more than a day, in a child less than six months of age, if your infant or toddler is sleepless or irritable after a cold and especially if you see any kind of discharge of fluid, pus or bloody from the ear.