Ear Infection (Otitis Media)
Top three reasons a child sees a pediatrician when sick: fever, cold & cough, and ear infections. Diagnosis of an ear infection requires the otoscope. The correct use of an otoscope is shown in this video. The tympanic membrane (ear drum) appearance may be a normal, transparent-gray to a bulging, angry-red.
Infected ears start in the back of the throat and nose, and move up the eustachian tubes. Serous Otitis Media is the presence of fluid behind the eardrum. Treatment options are discussed and the recommendation to give probiotics when antibiotics are used is made.