Ears are the silent assassin of sleep. Children are born with no sinuses (this is so the birth process does not collapse your face in), and so sinus issues only present later in childhood. BUT the eustachian tubes in kids are narrow and a little bent, designed to prevent milk from entering the middle ear; as a consequence, a snotty nose or enlargement of adenoids can block the tube and allow fluid to collect in the middle ear, where bacteria such as streptococci/Haemophilus, can then flourish.
Signs of an ear infection may include:
- Pain and ear fiddling
- Poor sleep