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Does oral blowin on blow toys help relieve middle ear pressure / fluid?
An_250354 posted:
We took our 2 1/2 yr. old granddaughter to her primary care provider because we thought she had an ear infection. Fluid in the middle ear was confirmed using tympanometry. She was prescribed an allergy medicine (she has no known allergies) and given a stash of blow toys (balloons , whistles, etc.). We were told to have her blow on these blow toys a few times each hour. I was skeptical about this "treatment". I assume the provider reasoned that the oral pressure during blowing would open the Eustachian tubes and drain the middle ear. Is there any evidence for this or for the efficacy of this treatment? Thanks,

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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Yes, it could help. Increasing air pressure in the oral cavity can help insufflate the middle ear via the Eustachian tubes. This is also called a valsalva manuever; chilld-style.
EarRing responded:

You should have her parents look into the "earpopper".

Not sure if she will be able to do the procedure..due to age.

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