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Ear Infections in a Child


Cecil Michael, MD is a pediatrician and chief of the medical staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. His office can be reached at (602) 978-2500.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Ear Infections in Children Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image: Cecil Michael, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Dr. Cecil Michael, Chief of Medical Staff
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

Audio: “Hi. I’m Dr. Cecil Michael, a pediatrician and chief of the medical staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.”

Text: *middle ear sinus cavity

Audio: “Ear infections in children involve the middle ear sinus cavity…”

Text: *during or after a viral cold

Audio: “…and usually occur during or after a viral cold.”

Text: *mucus & fluids create bacteria

Audio: “Mucus and other fluids tend to build up behind the ear drum, causing an overgrowth of bacteria, which are unable to drain properly through a duct known as the eustachian tube.”

Text: *most common in children 6 months to 2 years old

Audio: “Ear infections are most common in children ages six months to two years, primarily because they have underdeveloped immune systems, which makes them more prone to colds and respiratory infections…”

Text: *the structure of the ear can cause infection

Audio: “…and sometimes the structure of a child’s ears may create difficulty with fluid drainage and lead to infection.”

Text: *age, degree of symptoms, ear drum appearance

Audio: “Although an ear infection may heal on its own, factors like age, degree of symptoms, and ear drum appearance will determine if antibiotics are necessary.”

Image: Crying toddler during medical evaluation. 

Audio: “Irritable patients, especially infants, having fuller bulging ear drums can benefit from medication and to help speed up the recovery process.”

Image: Physician using otoscope to examine patient’s ear.

Audio: “Children with recurrent ear infections, with fluid that remains in the ear for two to three months, may require the use of pressure equalization tubes to provide relief.”

Image: An infant’s wellness check-up from the pediatrician and assisting nurse.

Audio: “These small pipes are actually inserted through an incision in the ear drum, allowing fluid to drain and air to reenter the middle ear space.”

Text: *if you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician

Audio: “If you’re concerned about chronic ear infections in your child, talk to your pediatrician about treatment options.”

Text:     For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please visit or call Banner Health’s
Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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Page Last Modified: 08/28/2013
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