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How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Symptom ear infectio: Babies with ear infections may have fever, ear pain (tug at ears), ear drainage, irritability. Sometimes they may have very little to no symptoms and the infection is detected when their doctors check their ears. ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Depends: Most ent's would prefer to have an angry active infection treated for a while to calm it down before putting in tubes. It is also quite difficult to do if the ear infection has produced a hole in the ear drum where the tube is supposed to go. All these issues are best analysed by the doc considering the procedure. Sometimes, the operation can proceed as scheduled. ...Read more

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My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

See a doctor: Only a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics after taking your mother's medical history and examining her. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has an object in her ear?

How can I tell if my child has an object in her ear?

You can try to look: You can try to look with a flashlight but ear canals can be hard to see into. Take her to your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

Sometimes hard: If your child has had congestion for over a week and now is more fussy, has a fever, is sleeping poorly, then it is more likely. A visit is necessary to best diagnose and confirm this infection. ...Read more

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How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

Audiogram: Worried about your baby's hearing? Exam by a pediatric ENT is best, followed by audiogram (hearing test) by a pediatric audiologist, will get you the facts. A pediatric audiologist can test the hearing system of any age baby or child. ...Read more

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How can u tell if your 8month old has a ear infection?

Someone looks: While there are a number of symptoms associated with ear infections - rubbing/pulling at ears, poor sleep, fussiness, fever, etc. - there is really only one way to tell if the baby has an infection. That is to look in the middle ear with an otoscope and see if there is a red, bulging tm and cloudy fluid behind the ear drum. All other ways are just guessing and are not the accurate way of looking. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an ear infection?

How to know if I have an ear infection?

Ear infection: Classic symptoms: ear pain or ear fullness, decreased or muffled hearing in one ear, drainage from ear canal, or exquisite tenderness of the ear to touch or tugging the ear. Ear infections are either middle ear (nontender to pulling) or external ear (very tender to pulling). ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

To determine: type of ear infection - recommend medical evaluation. It isn't something that you would automatically be able to self diagnose by listing sx's. Take care ...Read more

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I have hsv and I just got a could if I lick Someone ear can I give it to them says he got ear infection can that give that to him he has a fever?

I have hsv and I just got a could if I lick Someone ear can I give it to them says he got ear infection can that give that to him he has a fever?

Oral herpes: Oral herpes is not often transmitted unless there is an obvious cold sore outbreak. It can happen, but uncommonly. Also, saliva alone is not very likely to transmit, and so you are unlikely to infect someone by licking their ear (or licking anywhere else). But avoid intimate contact like kissing or giving someone oral sex whenever you're having an outbreak. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

Possible: Depending on where the pain is, it is very possible that an infection could be caused from a tooth. Sometimes a sinus infection can mimic a toothache, but a proper exam and radiograph would be needed to correctly diagnose and treat the source and cause of your infection. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Examination.: The only way to be sure a child has an ear infection is to look at the eardrum. See a doc and have this done, if your child is sick, please. ...Read more

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My 4 year son has an ear infection. They purged the ears but he doesn't seam to get better. What should I do? Thank you

My 4 year son has an ear infection. They purged the ears but he doesn't seam to get better. What should I do?  Thank you

Antibiotics: I am not sure what you mean by purging ears - cleaning? Tubes? If he has not been treated with antibiotics, it may time to do so. If he had one antibiotic that proved ineffective, then he may need another. There are resistant infections that require a more potent antibiotic than just regular first line choice such as amoxicillin. If antibiotic is ineffective, other causes should be explored (funga. ...Read more

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How do I know if my toddler has a kidney infection?

How do I know if my toddler has a kidney infection?

Kidney infection: If a toddler has a kidney infection he wills usually run a fever, but the best way to see if he has a kidney infection, is by having his urine checked ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 11 month old has a sinus infection?

How can I tell if my 11 month old has a sinus infection?

See pediatrician: Unusual for an 11 month old to have sinusitis. Unclear why you are concerned, but the best thing to do is to have the baby examined by a pediatrician or family doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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


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 ...Read more