Common questions our doctors are asked
Can my child go swimming during an ear infection?
If your child has an outer ear infection, wait until one week after treatment to give the ear time to heal before letting your child swim. For middle ear infections and glue ear, swimming is OK but should be avoided if the ear drum is perforated. Discuss this with your GP or specialist.
If my child has speech problems caused by glue ear, will
surgery help their speech improve?
If language delay is caused by difficulty hearing from glue ear, then correcting the glue ear often results in rapid improvements in language. Most children catch up quickly with their peers and the delay is completely corrected.
My child is in a lot of pain with his ear infection. Can I
Painstop is usually not required, and is now only available by prescription. It contains codeine, which may cause nausea or constipation in children. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used safely.
Will my child grow out of their ear infections?
As children grow, the tubes in their ears (called the Eustachian tubes) also grow. This is usually associated with fewer - and less severe - ear infections as the child grows. As they get older, children tend to have fewer colds, and this means they will also have fewer ear infections.
Should I clean my child’s ears to prevent a build-up of wax?
No. There is no need to remove the wax in a child’s ears. The body is able to do this by itself. Large clumps of wax that are visible at the opening of the ear canal can be removed, but earbuds should not be used in children.