A Pain in the Ear
It’s two in the morning, and like most people you’re fast asleep. But then your eyes pop open and your three year old is standing there, (1)tugging her ear and saying, “Mommy, my ear hurts.”
If you’re a parent with a young child, this (2)scenario is probably nothing new. In fact, the typical (3)toddler averages about four ear aches per year. But when’s the last time you had an ear infection? Clearly, little kids are much more likely to get an ear infection than adults. What makes kids so (4)susceptible?
Most infections happen in the middle ear, a pocket about the size of a small grape located just behind the eardrum. When kids get a cold, the (5)auditory tube–a shaft running from the middle ear to the throat–can become filled with fluid.
For grownups this usually isn’t a problem, since adult tubes are large enough to let the fluid (6)drain away. But in children under three, the auditory tube is a lot smaller and more likely to get (7)clogged up. Bacteria love this sort of clogging, and soon they move in and cause infection. The ear reacts by making (8)pus, a thick liquid that fights bacteria. As the pus builds up it pushes on the eardrum, causing pain.
Fortunately, the cure is pretty (9)straightforward. A good dose of antibiotics and your child will be good as new in a few days. So if what seems like a constant series of ear infections is (10)wearing you and your child out, (11)take heart. Around when most kids turn three, their auditory tubes become large enough to make infection less likely.
(1)tug [tʌɡ] n.拖船；拖曳；苦干 vi.用力拉；竞争；努力做 vt.用力拉；较量；用拖船拖
The boy tugged at his mother's hand.
To pull or drag forcibly; tug.
(2)scenario [si'nɑ:riəu] n.方案；情节；剧本
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(3)toddler ['tɔdlə] n.学步的小孩；幼童装
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(4)susceptible [sə'septəbl] adj.易受影响的；易感动的；容许…的 n.易得病的人
I think "feeling right" is especially susceptible to outside pressures.
(6)drain away v.渐渐枯竭；排去；流尽
Some of experts in Russia were drained away to the United states in recent years.
The water will soon drain away .
They hope the volume of dirty traffic will clog up the keyword filters.
(8)pus [pʌs] n.脓；脓汁
As the pus leaves, soul more readily anchors into the form.
(9)straightforward [,streit'fɔ:wəd] adj.简单的；坦率的；明确的;径直的 adv.直截了当地；坦率地
I must insist on you give me a straightforward answer.
(10)wear out 磨损,耗尽；穿破；使精疲力竭
We must wear the enemy out in a month.
If you want to follow your dreams as well as provide for a certain future take heart.