The chorda tympani, an important taste nerve, runs from the tongue up through the middle ear into the brain. When the middle ear is infected, the nerve gets damaged and the “non-taste” sensations such as the creaminess of fat is intensified and therefore, more pleasing.
The chorda tympani is responsible for the perception of taste at the front of tongue.
Monitor the frequency of ear infections. Not only will chronic otitis media impact your child’s speech development, reading and writing skills, but may have lifelong health implications, as well.
If your child’s pediatrician says that simple management of these infections isn’t enough, see the ear, nose and throat specialist for options for preventing them in the first place.
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