Ear infections are common in children, and occur when the middle ear becomes inflamed from a viral infection and causes fluid to build up behind the eardrum. They are also caused from swelling in the Eustachian tubes, or surrounding tissues. Over time, this fluid can become infected by one of several species of bacteria. Ear infections are more common in children because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontally oriented. In addition, their immune systems are not yet fully developed.
If you feel you or your child may have an ear infection, stop by Central Alabama Urgent Care for an evaluation and treatment