Middle ear fluid common in kids on ventilators

Babies and toddlers who need a tracheostomy — a tube surgically inserted into their windpipe to help relieve breathing problems — are at a high risk of accumulating fluid behind their eardrum when on a ventilator. That’s the conclusion of a new study by head and neck surgeons. This buildup of fluid, called a middle ear effusion, can put them at risk for ear infections, hearing loss, and delays in speech and language development.

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