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Avera Medical Minute: Ear Infections and Ear Tubes

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Pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning looks at the tubes in Savannah Willis's ears. Pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning looks at the tubes in Savannah Willis's ears.

If you are a parent and your kids are past the toddler age, then you probably know about all the ear infections they can have.  Nancy Naeve Brown talked to a pediatrician and a parent about when it's time to start thinking about tubes.

Savannah Willis is a healthy happy 3 year old little girl. Her mom Erin Lynch says that wasn't always the case a year ago. 

Erin says, "She was getting really fussy and as a baby she wasn't fussy at all. She started pulling on her ears and that's when we called and said something is going on."

Savannah's Pediatrician is Dr. Kara Bruning at the Main Avera McGreevy Clinic. She says, "Their anatomy is different. When you are a baby your ear canal is horizontal and as your head grows it turns and moves more vertical so fluid can move out. When you are an infant that fluid can't drain so anytime you get a cold that fluid builds up on the ear and it becomes the perfect place for infection."

Mom Erin says, "She had at least 6 ear infections it seemed like she'd get over one and be better for a week and be back in."

At that point their pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning suggested the family may want to consider having tubes put in Savannah's ears. They did.

Dr. Bruning says, "They go in and put a tube in the eardrum and leave a tiny hole that allows the fluid to drain out and if you have an ear infection we can put antibiotic directly behind the eardrum that we can't do without tubes."

Erin says, "She hasn't had one ear infection since we got them."

So what could have been the terrible 2's turned out pretty terrific, ear infection free and that's pretty thrilling for the 3 year old and her mom.
The tiny ear tubes actually fall out on their own most of the time you never even know until your doctor looks inside the ear.

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