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Glue Ear (Otitis Media With Effusion)

What is glue ear?
What is the difference between glue ear and ear infection?
Is my child at risk of having glue ear?
What are the symptoms of glue ear?
Will my child’s hearing be affected by glue ear?
How is glue ear diagnosed?
How Can I Make My Child More Comfortable?
Can glue ear turn into an ear infection
Can my child travel on an airplane with glue ear?


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  1. Kiama AM. Prevalence of Otitis Media with effusion in children with obstructive adenoid disease compared with normal controls in Kenyatta National Hospital. (Unpublished data). 2014.
  2. Mugweneza A. Risk factors for otitis media with effusion in children at Kenyatta National Hospital. (Unpublished data). 2015.
  3. Rosenfeld, Richard M., et al. “Clinical practice guideline: otitis media with effusion (update).” Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery1_suppl (2016): S1-S41.

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