Frustrated that your toddler doesn’t do as she’s told? According to paediatric consultant Dr Bernadette Borgstein, she may have glue ear...
Before you raise your voice at your toddler again, it could be glue ear
Exposure to smoking and a family history of glue ear also heightens risk.
Next time you hear yourself saying through gritted teeth, “Will you please come here and put your shoes on!” to your toddler, pause for a moment, and consider if she might have glue ear. Glue ear is one of the most common childhood illnesses, with children under the age of five the most affected. What is GLUE EAR? The middle ear is the part behind the eardrum that contains three small bones that are vital for optimal hearing. It is normally filled with air, but when a child develops glue ear, it fills with liquid instead. This happens when a narrow tube linking the middle ear to the back of the throat – the Eustachian tube – becomes blocked. This leads to a build-up of thick, gluey fluid from cells in the eardrum lining. This fluid stops the eardrum moving normally and prevents vibrations being passed along those three bones. The result? Dulled hearing.
The Eustachian tube in babies and young children is narrow and easily blocked, especially when your little one has a cold or is suffering from an allergy. It can also be blocked by enlarged adenoids – these glands, similar to tonsils, are situated close to the exit of the Eustachian tube at the back of the throat. If large adenoids are to