As a parent, you are probably well aware of the number of times that your child has woken you up in the middle of the night crying in pain while clutching at his ear. It is a well-documented fact that infant children have a high incidence of ear infections that can be quite painful. At the same time, this does not mean that every time your child wakes up with an earache, you need to rush them to the emergency room or your family doctor. If you have a Welch Allyn otoscope on hand, you will be able to look in your child's ears to see if the problem is severe enough to take them to the doctor.
While the typical setting for a Welch Allyn otoscope is in the doctor's office, you can buy one to keep at home for a reasonable price that can significantly reduce the number of trips you have to make to the hospital in the middle of the night. An otoscope is a special device that allows you to see deep inside your child's ear canal through the use of a light and magnifying lens. If you are wondering if the average parent should have one of these devices at home, the answer is a resounding yes, as having one can make a huge difference in whether or not you end up taking your child to the doctor.
The Welch Allyn Otoscope Can Lead to Earlier Treatment
One of the biggest concerns expressed by both parents and the medical community about parents having a Welch Allyn otoscope at home is that it might lead the average parent to not seek medical care when needed. They fear that the parent is going to dismiss the signs of an ear infection as not serious until the infection has become severe. The reality is that when your child has a mild ear infection, they probably do not need to go see the doctor at all.
Far too many doctors like to treat even the slightest ear infection with antibiotics rather than let the infection run its course while keeping a close eye on it. This over use of antibiotics can lead to a problem where each infection becomes steadily worse, as the child becomes more resistant to the effects of the antibiotics and then stronger antibiotics end up being used. This causes the cycle to continue and to continually get worse. If you have your own Welch Allyn otoscope, you can monitor your child's condition yourself and only seek medical attention when it is truly warranted.
Now that you understand how useful a Welch Allyn otoscope can be outside of the doctor's office, you will find that at the Medical Device Depot we carry a large selection of them in stock. Several of the models we carry are suitable for home use and are priced low enough for you to be able to afford. Having your own otoscope can help you reduce your medical bills and take better care of your child.