Try Otovent® for glue ear in children
Most children suffer glue ear at some point in their childhood. Glue ear tends to develop following a cold or an ear infection. Otovent can help!
What is glue ear?
Glue ear happens when clear fluid collects in the middle ear. This fluid is not pus and it isn’t a sign of infection. Fluid build-up is usually due to the membrane of the Eustachian tube swelling so it can’t open and equalise the pressure. This creates negative pressure which can cause fluid to form and partially or completely fill the middle ear, making the eardrum less flexible. Hearing is impaired and sound waves are muffled. It feels like your ears are blocked.
How do I know if my child has glue ear?
When fluid forms in the middle ear it makes the eardrum less responsive. This can impair hearing as it hinders sound waves from generating vibrations in the eardrum. The symptoms of glue ear are often derived from this.
- Dulled hearing
- Speech & language problems
- Balance problems
How to use Otovent®
Otovent is an aid that can be used if your child can’t equalise the pressure on their own. Otovent should always be used with an adult.
Attach the balloon to the nose piece. Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly to your nostril. Press the
other nostril closed with your index finger to prevent air flow on that side.
Inhale deeply, close your mouth and gently but firmly inflate the balloon to the size of a grapefruit (10–12 cm). Once the balloon is inflated, swallow 1–3 times.
Repeat the process on the opposite nostril. The procedure has worked when you hear or feel a small ‘pop’ in your ear.