Children Ear Infection – Outer Ear (Otitis Externa)

Outer ear infection in children is called otitis externa. This is also called Swimmer’s Ear. This is usually bacterial or fungal in nature. The ear drum is intact in this situation.

Symptoms of Children’s outer ear infection (otitis externa)

  • Pain (This can be severe enough to affect eating and sleep)
  • Ear discharge (usually a coloured discharge which can be fouling)
  • Hearing loss (when the debris and discharge blocks the ear)
  • Tinnitus (ringing sound in the ear)

What causes an Children’s Outer Ear infection?

  • Trauma: self cleaning of the ear with cotton buds, ear picks
  • Foreign Body: Children sometimes insert beads and outer small objects into the ear and this can cause an ear infection. In rare cases insects crawling into the ear canal can cause a very severe ear infection resulting in pain and swelling
  • Swimming in contaminated water can cause a ear infection

If you suspect that you may have Ear Concerns, make an appointment with our clinic today for an assessment.