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Glue Ear - An Introduction
Read the article based on an outline of twenty years of research into viability of the management of a group of children suffering from, and diagnosed with Otitis Media with Effusion often referred to as ‘Glue Ear’…
How To Use An Otoscope
Learn here the correct usage of an Otoscope and overcome the common problems when using this equipment…
Treatments For Children
Many parents ask how can they treat their child for Glue Ear. Learn here how to treat a child for Glue Ear using Osteopathic methods in your own home…
Your Questions Answered
What is Glue Ear? This and all your questions answered here referring to Glue Ear, it’s symptoms and treatments available…
A DVD is now available from Dr Mathews' Surgery covering the Manual Treatment of Glue Ear.
Can my child go swimming with grommets inserted and will they get an infection from the swimming pool water? The answer is that yes they can swim with grommets, and the chances of incurring an infection from a public swimming pool are unlikely. They put so many chemicals in the water it would be a miracle for anything to survive. This would be contra-indicated with reference to seawater. Where a child will pick up an infection is in the changing rooms where as we know they toss their towels on to the floor and then pick them up and dry their ears.
Parents are often told that their child’s tonsils are ‘over-large’ or ‘infected’. In most cases this is not true. To define it more accurately one would state that they are ‘congested’ which is quite different, and using this hands on treatment in association with the dietary change will reduce the congestion and of course their size.
The most common tests are a blood sample, pinprick or hair analysis. These are only indicator tests and do not confirm that there is a problem. Only an Exclusion diet can do this. I have had many patients tell me at the consultation stage that they have been tested and are allergic to at least five base foods. After checking all five foods separately using the exclusion diet we have only ever found a maximum of two, with the majority being one. There are thousands of people in the UK that have never been given the advice to follow up with an exclusion diet, and subsequent re-test.
In the UK the ENT surgeons normally remove the Adenoidal Tonsils by the second or third grommet operation, stating that they are the cause of the Glue Ear. There is plenty of research projects in the USA that have proved that removing the Adenoids is a waste of time. Ask any parent in the UK when their child has reached their seventh grommet operation whether the removal of the Adenoids made any difference to their child.