At Paediatric Diagnostics, we offer investigation and treatment for children suffering with glue ear from birth up to 16 years of age.
Our expert team of Consultants and Specialist Nurses are highly experienced in providing treatment for glue ear in children.
We are pleased to offer treatment at our outpatient clinic in Dorking, Surrey, making us ideally placed to provide treatment to children living in Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, and all nearby areas.
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Glue ear – also known as ‘Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)’ – occurs when fluid has built-up inside the middle ear, preventing the ear drum from moving freely. This leads to sound no longer being able to pass through the ear as efficiently as it should, resulting in the loss of hearing in one or both ears.
The condition affects around 1 in 5 children around the age of 2, and can have an impact on the child’s speech development, their behaviour, and, as a result, their educational development.
Although the complications with the condition are serious, it generally clears up within three months. This is because your child’s hearing will improve as fluid drains from their ears.
What causes it?
Colds and flu, allergies and passive smoking can all play a part in someone suffering from glue ear. Children with cleft lip and palate, or with genetic conditions such as Down’s syndrome, may be more susceptible. Many children suffer from the condition when they have a heavy cold but, positively, the symptoms of will clear up naturally once the cold has gone.
When to seek medical advice:
After seeking medical advice, you may be informed to wait to see if the condition clears up on its own. If your child is still suffering from glue ear after three months, or if you are concerned about how it is impacting your child’s speech or causing problems
with their education, you should see an expert for further treatment and advice.
Please feel free to contact us regarding the treatment for glue ear in children available at Paediatric Diagnostics, and we will be happy to see your child at the earliest opportunity.
We are based in Dorking, Surrey, meaning we are ideally placed to provide treatment to children living in Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Reigate, and all nearby locations.
Concerned your child may have glue ear?
Relax. Our expert paediatric consultants and nurses are there to help you.