Addressing Ear Infections

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: No need to panic. Find out how your pediatrician treats ear infections.
Air Date: 2/5/19
Duration: 13:51
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Naveen Mehrotra, MD, FAAP, AAP
naveen mehrotraDr. Naveen Mehrotra is a pediatrician in private practice. Dr. Mehrotra completed his medical training from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Pediatric training at the University of Chicago.

Practicing in Central New Jersey with one of the highest concentrations of South Asians, Dr. Mehrotra is dedicated to improving the health of South Asian immigrants. With a lack of awareness in areas such as disease prevention within the community, Dr. Mehrotra helped found the Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation, a community based non-profit organization to address these needs at a grassroots level which has a mission to promote well being through community based education. SKN believes that proper physical health, spiritual, and cultural health all lead to a person’s well-being.

Projects of the SKN Foundation help to further this mission. To help achieve these educational goals, the Foundation also propagates scholarship programs based on merit and need.

Dr. Mehrotra had also been a key person in the founding of the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI), a research and education based initiative at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he is also a volunteer faculty.
Addressing Ear Infections
Ear infections are a pervasive problem, especially for young children. Untreated ear infections can cause a lot of discomfort but are not a reason to panic.

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Ear infections often result from a cold when the eustachian tubes don’t properly drain excess fluids. Pediatricians look for fluid and inflammation before prescribing antibiotics. Some ear irritation comes from a virus or a little extra fluid, requiring a wait of 48 hours to issue the correct treatment.

Outer ear infections are often treated with ear drop antibiotics. Inner ear infections typically require oral antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory medication can relieve some symptoms as the antibiotics treat the underlying condition.

Listen as Dr. Naveen Mehrotra joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to address your child’s ear infection.

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