- Muffled hearing
- Mild, intermittent ear pain
- Delayed gross motor skills
- Balance problems
Once you have consulted with your child's doctor and received a diagnosis of fluid in the middle ear, your child may be referred to a surgeon.Tiny tubes can be placed in the ears that help them drain. In most cases, however, children outgrow the condition as their inner ear tubes become larger with age. If you'd like to avoid surgery, there are some things you can do at home to relieve symptoms of fluid in the middle ear.
#1 – Dietary ChangesYou can begin by reducing the amount of dairy your child consumes. Dairy causes the soft tissue in the sinuses and inner ear to become swollen. In an adult, this doesn't impact fluid drainage. But in a child with smaller ear tubes and an existing problem with fluid in the middle ear, it can increase the problem. Supplement your child's diet with foods that contain the amino acid cysteine, which helps clear mucus and sinus fluid. Such foods include: