Otitis Media (with Effusion) | Treatment

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How is otitis media with effusion treated?

If your child is older than 6 months of age and only has mild symptoms, the best treatment is to let the fluid go away on its own. You can give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, (one brand: Children's Tylenol) if he or she is uncomfortable. A warm, moist cloth placed over the ear may also help.

Usually the fluid goes away in 2 to 3 months, and hearing returns to normal. Your doctor may want to check your child again at this time to see if fluid is still present.

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Reviewed/Updated: 05/16
Created: 01/99

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Otitis Media (with Effusion)

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