28 Mar '11, 9pm

Parents, don't neglect your kids' ear infections, or they might suffer hearing loss

IT SOUNDS like a harmless childhood ailment. However, a simple ear infection could possibly lead to hearing loss in babies and young children, warn medical experts. Ear infections, or otitis media in medical lingo, are common in children under three. Global statistics show that by the age of three years, an estimated three quarters of all children will have had at least one episode of otitis media and more than one third will have had repeated infections. In the early stages, the infection can be treated with antibiotics, said Dr Eng Soh Ping, director and consultant, of ASCENT Ear Nose Throat Specialist Group. "But if left untreated or misdiagnosed, it can develop into acute otitis media (AOM) resulting in very serious life-altering complications for the young child, and all from just a simple middle ear infection that had not been detected early on," said Dr Eng. Little ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC110329-0000013/Mummy...

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