Our pediatricians are able to diagnose inflammation of the ear at the beginning which only requires localized treatment or antibiotics if it has advanced. Proponents of paracentesis prefer the puncturing procedure due to the fact that if the infected puss builds up and the eardrum bursts, its healing is more complicated and can result in unwanted complications. Repeated bursts can worsen the healing processes and worsen the function of the ear itself, i.e. the child can have worse hearing on one or both ears. The child often feels considerably better following the puncture of the eardrum. Antibiotics are often not needed in such procedures. The trend is clear however. The procedure is becoming less common and is only carried out in exceptional cases.
While suffering from the inflammation of the inner ear, it is essential not to hurry the process of returning back to normal life, whether the ear has been pierced or not. It is important to avoid swimming and diving for at least three weeks after the disease is cured. With children who suffer from this problem frequently, swimming should always be consulted with the doctor or an ENT specialist.
This text was prepared by lead pediatrician of Canadian Medical Care, MUDr. Silvie Knoppová.
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