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March 16, 2018
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: Ear Infections  

A common childhood illness, ear infections are typically associated with pain, reduced appetite, difficulty sleeping and general fussiness. While ear infections aren't typically dangerous, dealing with a fussy baby is considerably less than fun. Reduce your baby's risk for ear infections with these five simple strategies.

1. Breastfeed

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, children who breastfeed for six months or more are less likely to suffer from ear infections. This is likely due to the antibodies they receive from their mothers.

2. Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke compromises the immune system and increases the risk of an ear infection. If you smoke currently, stop as soon as possible. Even if you don't smoke around your children, the smell still clings to your clothes and your hair more than you realize. Don't allow others to smoke in your home or around your children either.

3. Avoid Prolonged Pacifier Use

While pacifiers are generally fine for young infants, they can increase the risk of ear infections in babies older than a year (not to mention increased dental and speech problems later on). After the first six months, pacifier use is more habit than need anyway, so you might as well get rid of it.

4. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Hand washing is the absolute best way of preventing many illnesses, and ear infections are no exception. Keep germs off of your hands and baby's, and don't allow anyone to put their hands or fingers in baby's mouth or ears.

5. Stay Up-­to­-Date on Immunizations

While immunizations do not directly prevent ear infections, research has shown that they can help prevent other illnesses, such as the flu, which are believed to increase the ear infection risk.

Save your baby the pain and yourself the sleepless nights! Follow these five strategies to reduce your baby's risk of ear infection today.

Learn the telltale symptoms that should have you picking up the phone and scheduling an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.

Every year between the months of October and May is cold and flu season. While the cold or flu can happen at any point throughout the year, these months usually produce the highest prevalence of these annoying viruses. Each year spells millions of common cold cases in the US alone. While adults typically experience about two to three colds a year, children experience even more. Find out if your child’s symptoms are indicative of a cold, and when your child should see their pediatrician.

Symptoms of a Cold

The common cold causes a host of symptoms that can manifest differently in everyone;however, the most traditional symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing

Most people will experience a full recovery from their cold symptoms with a week to 10 days;however, children and adults with compromised immune systems or other respiratory disorders like asthma can develop more serious complications like pneumonia, so it’s important to monitor them to make sure their symptoms don’t get worse.

Common Cold Treatment

No one likes to think about it but unfortunately the common cold doesn’t have a cure. However, there are certainly things you can do to ease your child’s symptoms. Be sure that any over­-the-counter cold medications you use are followed exactly as directed to prevent further issues. If you are unsure about any medications talk to your pediatrician first about whether it’s right for your child. This is highly recommended as many OTC cold medicines contain ingredients that aren’t suitable for children.

When to See Your Pediatrician

If your child is displaying any of these symptoms then it’s time to call your pediatrician:

  • A fever over 100.4 degrees F
  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Symptoms that seem severe or odd

Also, if you have a little one that is under three months old who has developed a fever, this also warrants a call to your pediatrician.

If your child is displaying any of these symptoms or something just doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts! Call our office right away and schedule an appointment. Let’s get your little one feeling better!