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An ear infection is one of the most common infections that children have to deal with. In fact, most children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are five years old. Of course, it’s important to understand the telltale signs of an ear infection, as well as know how to treat the infection and when you should turn to a pediatrician for care.
An ear infection isn’t contagious and usually isn’t a cause for concern; however, you will want to monitor your child’s symptoms to make sure problems aren’t getting worse or don’t warrant seeing a doctor. In many instances, a child may develop an ear infection after they’ve had a cold.
Signs and Symptoms of an Ear Infection
So, how will you know if your child has an ear infection? Children who are old enough to talk will certainly be able to let you know that they are experiencing an earache or pain; however, a baby or toddler won’t be able to tell you that they are experiencing an earache. Therefore, signs that your baby might have an ear infection include:
- Increased fussiness
- A fever
- Pulling at the ears
- Crying or tantrums, particularly when lying down
- Having difficulty hearing noises or not responding to sounds
- Fluid draining from the ears
So, when should you wait out an infection and when should you call a pediatrician? You should give your child’s doctor a call if they have an ear infection and they are also experiencing:
- A rash
- Difficulty hearing
- Ear swelling
You should also turn to a doctor for care if your child:
- Has an ear infection and they are under 6 months old
- Is in significant pain or still experiences pain after two days of taking ibuprofen
- Also has other serious health problems
How is an ear infection treated?
In most cases an ear infection will go away on its own. If your child isn’t in significant pain and they don’t have a high fever your pediatrician may tell you to wait a couple of days to see if symptoms improve. If symptoms remain or get worse then you should bring them back to the doctor’s office.
While antibiotics are not normally prescribed to treat an ear infection they may be used if your child has a very high fever, is in significant pain or if their ear infection hasn’t improved within 48 hours. It’s important not to give your child any over-the-counter medications without first talking with your pediatrician.
Ear infections are an extremely common occurrence in children. Though they occur often, the symptoms of an ear infection in children and babies are often hard to spot. Being aware of the subtle clues of this condition can help you find and treat your child’s ear infection early. Find out more about the signs and symptoms of ear infections in children with your children's doctor at 7 Days Pediatrics with locations in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ.
What causes an ear infection?
Ear infections can come from a bacterial or viral infection. The ear infection itself occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and becomes infected. Normally, fluid inside the ear drains normally through the eustachian tubes. However, if a tube becomes blocked, often due to an illness like a cold or the flu, a buildup occurs, causing an infection. The body begins reacting to the infection to fight it off, resulting in the symptoms associated with an ear infection. Children’s eustachian tubes are smaller and on less of an incline than adults’, making them more susceptible to fluid buildup and, combined with children’s still-developing immune system, infection.
Does my child have an ear infection?
Ear infections cause pain which most people describe as sharp or throbbing. They can also cause a feeling of fullness in the ear, nausea, muffled hearing, and drainage from the ear. Unfortunately, babies and young children cannot yet talk to communicate these symptoms, resulting in other, more subtle signs your child may have an ear infection. If your child has a reduced appetite, fever, drainage from their ear, or vomiting, they may have an ear infection. You may also notice them tugging on their ear, having trouble sleeping, or being much more clingy and whiney than normal.
Ear Infection Treatments in Oak Tree and Amboy in Edison, NJ and South Plainfield, NJ
Treating ear infections in children depend on whether the infection is viral or bacteria. Often, your children's doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat an ear infection. Over-the-counter painkillers or ear drops may also help treat the symptoms of an infection. In cases of recurring infections, tubes placed into the ears can help prevent further ear infections by helping the eustachian tubes drain properly.
For more information on ear infections or their symptoms, please contact your children's doctor at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ. Call (732) 548-3210 to schedule your appointment at any of the 7 Days Pediatrics locations today!
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A sick child is never fun and if your little one is complaining of ear pain then chances are they may have an infection. Of course, your main goal is to find the most effective treatment options out there to make sure that your child is quickly on the road to recovery. Find out more about treating your little one’s ear infection and how our Perth Amboy and Fords, NJ pediatricians, Dr. Hung Nguyen and Dr. Nimisha Shukla, can help.
What are the warning signs of an ear infection?
It isn’t always easy to figure out what issues your child is having, particularly if they haven’t learned to talk yet. Even if your child hasn’t started talking look for these clear-cut signs that your child may be dealing with an ear infection:
- Issues falling or staying asleep
- Fussiness or irritability
- Pulling at the ear
- Fever (this is most common in babies and young children)
- Ear drainage
- Balancing problems
- Trouble hearing
How is an ear infection treated?
One of the most common types of ear infections is a middle ear infection, which our Perth Amboy and Fords children’s doctor will easily be able to treat with at least a one-week dose of antibiotics. When you bring your child in for care not only will we prescribe medications to heal the infection but we can also provide you with other options for how to manage your little one’s symptoms. Children can often get temporarily relief from pain and discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.
Sometimes it isn’t always easy to be able to make a definitive diagnosis as to whether or not your little one has an ear infection, which is usually more common with children under the age of 2 years old. If this is the case and your child isn’t experiencing severe pain or a fever, then we may wait a couple days to see if the earache has gone away on its own. There are instances where an earache isn’t caused by an infection and there are also ear infections that heal without needing antibiotics.
Once your child starts taking their medication, they should start to notice an improvement in their symptoms within a few days. If it’s been several days and your child’s illness is about the same then it’s time to give us a call. Your child may need a different type of antibiotic.
Your child’s health is vitally important. No matter whether they are suffering from an ear infection or they need a sports physical, the medical team at 7 Days Pediatrics in Perth Amboy and Fords, NJ is here to help. Schedule your next visit for your child today!