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Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss pediatric health conditions and parenting concerns in an evidence-based educational podcast aimed at parents and other pediatric healthcare providers. Powered by Kids First Pediatric Partners, one of the leading pediatric practices in the Northshore and located in Skokie, Illinois. 

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Nov 20, 2018

One of the most common secondary infections caused by the common cold is a middle ear infection.  In this episode we talk about middle ear infections and also touch briefly on swimmers ear and middle ear effusions.  In this episode you will learn: 

  • Normal ear anatomy
  • What is an ear effusion
  • Does swimming or bathing cause an ear infection?
  • What is the difference between swimmers ear and an ear infection?
  • What causes an ear infection
  • What are the signs and symptoms of an ear infection
  • The most common age group affected by ear infections
  • How can we protect kids from ear infections
  • What to do if you suspect an ear infection in the middle of the night
  • How to provide pain control to your child from an ear infection
  • What is watchful waiting and how do we effectively use it to treat an ear infection?
  • Perforated ear drums
  • Flying with an ear infection or cold
  • When should we consider an ENT referral, what are ear tubes, and when should we consider an ENT referral to discuss ear tubes?