Ear infections are one of the most common illnesses treated by physicians at general pediatrics offices. While the symptoms can be unpleasant for children, understanding them as a parent will help you know when to seek treatment. Learn more about the signs of the condition in kids and how a pediatrician will help.
General Pediatrics’ Guide to Ear Infections
Ear infections commonly occur in children a few days after a respiratory illness or cold begins. They are often accompanied by a fever. In addition to an elevated temperature, older kids may complain of pain or pressure. Babies and small children often rub or tug at their ears.
Additional symptoms include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, dizziness, vomiting, and grumpiness. They may also have yellow or bloody discharge coming from the ear. Some children show so no signs of illness. Look for verbal cues like crying, inattentiveness, and balance problems. If you are concerned about how your child is feeling or behaving, see your pediatrician.
Care for your child at home by encouraging plenty of rest. You may also try relieving pain by applying low, gentle warmth with a heating pad. Be careful when using any heat source. It often helps to feed sick babies and small children standing up. Older children can gargle with salt water to soothe discomfort.
If symptoms do not go away, it’s time to take your child to a pediatrician. If they have the illness, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic like amoxicillin. They may also recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. After leaving the office, your little one will take the antibiotics at home for seven to 10 days. Make sure they take the whole regimen, even if they begin to feel better.
Ear infections are typical in children this time of year. If you think your child may have one, the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates Of Fairfield-Hamilton-West Chester-Harrison in Fairfield, West Chester, and Hamilton, OH, can help. To make an appointment with one of their general pediatrics physicians, call them at (513) 874-9460. For information about their providers and services, visit their website. Explore their top allergy and asthma treatment tips by following them on Facebook.