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How will i know if my child has an ear infection?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Cough, fever, crying: It's really only a diagnosis a doctor can make by looking inside the ear. Pain, . Fever and cough are common symptoms, though, and should prompt a doctor visit.
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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
There are some things that would confirm your suspicion of an ear infection. The first is active pus draining from the ear. In addition, when there are symptoms of pain or fever, if there is hearing loss. The definitive test, though, is to look in the ear canal and see the ear drum.
Aug 15, 2013
Dr. Michael Jaindl
undefined 38 years experience
Ear infections in children are usually external (swimmers ear) or middle ear infections. Swimmers ear can often be seen as a swollen canal and the ear is painful to touch. Middle ear infections often begin as an ear ache and may be associated with a cold or upper respiratory infection. If the ear drum ruptures there is usually relief from the pain and drainage from the ear.
Oct 7, 2013
Dr. Salil Gupta
Neonatology 36 years experience
Fever, fussiness: If your child is running fever > 100.4 f, fussing a lot and not eating well or vomiting, it is possible that child has ear infection. Many children may rub or pull on ears a lot when they have ear infection. Exam by your doctor is needed to know for sure if the child does have a ear infection.
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Dr. Howard Fertel
33 years experience
Fever ,runny nose: Fever runny nose , crying, tugging of the ear. Most ear infection are viral but the above symptoms should prompt a visit to your child's doctor.
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
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You can't: Short answer: you can't. If they complain of pain, it is possible, but even that might be misleading. (it might be from something else and just feels like it is from their ear.) ear infections don't always need treated, either. Sometimes, you're actually better off waiting as it might do just fine without an antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked; we'll talk about options.
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How do I know if my ear infection is progressing?

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Dr. Debra Tang
25 years experience
Ear infection: You should go see your primary care provider to see if your ear infection is getting better or worse. Continue taking your antibiotic in the mean time.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have just an ear infection or is it more?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Need exam: You would likely need to have an in person examination by a trained healthcare practitioner to determine the extent of your illness. Self diagnosis is not the way to go!
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A 51-year-old female asked:

How do I know if I have an ear infection and what do I do?

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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
See doctor : An ear infection may occur as a result of having a cold or an injury to the ear. Symptoms of an ear infection are ear pain or pressure, and it will usually interfere with daily activities like sleeping. If you have these symptoms, talk with your doctor to confirm if you have an infection; he or she may prescribe you an antibiotic if determined appropriate.
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