Children at Risk for Ear Problems



Children at Risk for Ear Problems

Rodney Lusk, M.D.

Hi, I'm Doctor Rodney Lusk, Director of the Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat Institute.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that eighty percent of children will have at least one ear infection by age 3 and nearly one hundred percent of children will have had an ear infection by age 5.

We also know that there are factors which put children at risk for developing problems related to persistent otitis media.

Examples of children considered to be at risk include; hearing loss independent of otitis media, suspected or confirmed speech language delay, autism-spectrum disorder, syndromes such as Down syndrome or craniofacial disorders, blindness or uncorrectable visual impairment, cleft palate with or without associated syndromes, and developmental delay.

All children with persistent otitis media are already at risk of: poor school performance, behavioral problems, lack of attention, hyperactivity behavior, poor socialization, poor reading skills and vocabulary, difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments like the classroom.

Ear infections are the most common illnesses that affect children.

They have greater complications in children who are at risk.

If your child has a condition listed in this video, please monitor the ear pain and infections closely with your physician.

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In our Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat series, Dr. Rodney Lusk, Board Certified Otolaryngologist at the Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, explains which children are considered to be at risk for persistent ear infections.