Ear, Nose, and Throat Issues in Young Children and What to Look Out For
Many new parents read everything they can find during pregnancy about what to expect when their new baby comes into the world. There is a great deal of information on the Web these days and many parents can find just about anything they need with the help of a computer and a good search engine.
Sometimes, however, there can be a little too much information and young parents can get themselves overwhelmed with all that is circulating out there about the health of their newborn baby. It was not a long time ago–although it can certainly seem like a long time ago at times–when there was not a great deal of conflicting information like there is today, confusing new parents and causing them to worry about every little thing.
But, one thing is for sure, there are now and there have always been legitimate issues and concerns that new parents need to be present to and aware of when they bring their new baby home from the hospital. All through a baby’s first year and even into a child’s toddler years, they can be susceptible to cholesteatoma and other chronic ear problems, sinus infections, and even hearing loss among other issues. This does not mean, by any stretch of the imagination that every baby will develop these problems, but it is always a smart thing to make yourself aware of what you need to be watching out for as your new baby makes his or her way into the world.
Hearing loss, specifically, can be very frightening and confusing for parents, both first-time parents and experienced parents alike. Congenital abnormalities of the ear and common ent problems might not be anything too serious to worry about, but consulting a doctor through those very confusing times will not make you an overreacting parent but, rather, a parent who understands that a newborn child is up against a great number of factors that can negatively influence their health in the early years of development.
Hearing loss does not necessarily indicate something too serious or even permanent. Often, a small child can develop what is referred to as otitis media (an ear infection) or they might develop what is called otitis media with effusion; this is an ear infection with fluid in the ear. Hearing loss can occur in these cases but it is often temporary due to the fluid in the middle ear. When the fluid is removed from the middle ear, the hearing will usually return to normal in a very short time.
Bringing a child into the world is the most beautiful thing you might ever have the opportunity to do. It can be a very daunting task and with so much information out there, it can be very easy to become confused and overwhelmed by it all. If you are watching your child and monitoring their behavior, you can pick up signs that point to when things just aren’t right. Before you panic though, see your child’s doctor and rule out things that might just be temporary. May your child always be healthy and happy!