Ear Tubes

Why do so many kids have recurrent ear infections and need tubes in their ears?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: Chronic ear infections (otitis media) are more common in younger children secondary to the more horizontal angle of the Eustachian tube. As kids grow, the angle of the Eustachian tubes change, and it usually leads to improved drainage and fewer ear infections.  If the infections persist despite standard medical therapy or the child experiences hearing loss, ear tubes can be a consideration.

Brett M. Scotch, DO, a dad of two children and a physician who’s board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery and operates Scotch Institute of Ear, Nose, and Throat in Wesley Chapel, Florida

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