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My 21 mo. Old has had 7 ear infections- mostly after colds. He is not in daycare or around kids but is sick every 3/4 weeks. Should I be concerned?

My 21 mo. Old has had 7 ear infections- mostly after colds. He is not in daycare or around kids but is sick every 3/4 weeks. Should I be concerned?

Mgt: Children in this age group do acquire frequent ear and respiratory illness. A detailed history would be helpful in providing further advise which is available by in box consult. If these were separate infections, prophylactic antibiotics can be considered. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Should I wean my 6mo baby off her pacifier to avoid ear infections? She used pacifier at home but started getting infections once she started daycare.

Should I wean my 6mo baby off her pacifier to avoid ear infections? She used pacifier at home but started getting infections once she started daycare.

Doubt it: Use or non-use of a pacifier is better determined by the emotional needs of the kid. I would equate the frequency of ear infections more to day care exposures than pacifier use. Baby is entering a phase where the ability to self soothe with stress/strangers/etc will be greater. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 8mo to go to daycare with an ear infection, taking Cefdinir for 3d now, and a fever that comes & goes, around 100.6 - 101 degrees?

Is it safe for my 8mo to go to daycare with an ear infection, taking Cefdinir for 3d now, and a fever that comes & goes, around 100.6 - 101 degrees?

Ear infections: Safe. Yes. If your baby has completed 3 days of antibiotics and is still having fevers reaching 101, I suggest reaching out to your pediatrician and letting them know. Usually we expect the fever to resolve (in a simple ear infection) by the end of the third day of antibiotics. If the fever is trending down (not getting as high each day) then that is reassuring. ...Read more

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3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 month caution: 3 months is an age where infections and dehydration may be serious, so a visit to the MD may be in order. On the upside, a few mucous stools while still feeding well is typically nothing to worry about. Kids who eat well are very rarely if ever seriously ill. ...Read more

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6mo w/3 ear infections in 3mths. Runny nose that turned green again. Humidifier, saline, bulb syringe but daycare. How to know if ear infected?Risks?

Exam: You may assume with the history that baby may get another ear infection, but greenish nasal drainage can be normal.The only way to know for sure is to have baby checked. Validating the number and type of infections is important if tubes are likely at some point. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral ( herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes ?

Bad ear infection overnight, what are the causes
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Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Hard to say: The nerve that controls ear drum pain is a branch of the nerve supplying the teeth on the same side. There can be crossover pain where a tooth problem would cause ear pain and the opposite could also be true. ...Read more

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Ear infection cause hives?

Ear infection cause hives?

Uncommon: There are reports of hives occurring during infections with strep throat and viruses especially in children. An ear infection from a virus could potentially trigger hives, but more likely explanations would be the antibiotics used to treat infections, or other medications like Aspirin or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so details about when it happens (at rest, right after getting up from sitting, with activity, etc.) can help make the diagnosis. I would definitely see a physician if you are having a vertigo or think you have an ear infection. Good luck to you! ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more