To understand how earaches begin, we must understand the Eustachian tube. This tube is a narrow channel which connects the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. In a healthy ear, this tube allows for drainage, preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. Ideally, fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed.
Persistent earaches are a common childhood illness that generally improves with age. But why? We’re here to tell you all about childhood ear, nose and throat development, and what exactly is causing your child’s pain. Continue reading