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Concerned that your child may have an ear infection? Here at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Abingdon and Marion, VA, your pediatricians see many young children suffering from this condition and outline plans for best care and treatment. Here's what Drs. Hanley, Etter, and Lawrence recommend.
What Is an Ear Infection?
An ear infection is a painful childhood malady affecting 75 percent of youngsters before the age of three. This statistic from John Hopkins Medicine speaks to how common earaches are but does not address the pain, fever, hearing loss, and general malaise that accompany them. Missed work for parents and missed daycare and school days usually result as well.
How does an ear become infected? The infection stems from the germs from a cold or flu or the chronic stuffiness associated with allergies. Additionally, a child's eustachian tube (the tube that connects the nose and the middle ear), is typically horizontal and short, often leading to fluid collection, inflammation, and infection. The result is a bulging eardrum, pain, and fever.
In-Office Treatment of Otitis Media
Many ear infections resolve without any in-office treatment. Persistent symptoms, however, may require a five-to-ten day course of antibiotics. Chronic ear infections may need placement of tympanostomy tubes (ear tubes) to facilitate drainage of fluid. These thin tubes are easily inserted by an ear, nose, throat specialist and normally fall out on their own over time.
Comfort care goes a long way when your child has an ear infection. Administer antibiotics if prescribed by one of our pediatricians. Also, ibuprofen or acetaminophen reduces pain and fever. A warm compress to the affected side helps, as do fluids and rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says to keep your child home from school and daycare until fever resolves and pain improves.
Concerned? Call One of Our Offices in Abingdon and Marion, Va, Today
At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, your pediatricians, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Anita Henley, and Dr. Tara Etter will help you manage your child's ear, nose and throat health. Call us at 276-783-8183. We have same-day sick visits with two offices to serve you in Abingdon and Marion, VA.
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.