Did you know that ear infections among children costs the U.S. health care system approximately $3 billion every year? That’s the staggering finding of a study by researchers from the University of California. The disease is so common that millions of Americans have it one or more times, especially during their childhood. The billions that ear infections cost can be attributed to doctor’s visits, diagnostic tests, and some medications.
Although it is a frequently occurring condition, ear infection still has many aspects that can be confusing or misleading. For instance, you may not be too familiar with middle ear infections or otitis media and its difference from other kinds of ear infections. This can make you extremely worried about your child or make it unclear what you should do when you suspect that your child might be suffering from it.