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How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

Pediatrician: If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously. Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician. ...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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Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Often come together: Pinkeye and ear infections often occur at or near the same time although they also occur separately.The Amoxicillin will not achieve a level in babies system to kill the eye germs.Your pedi or family doc can provide eye drops that help. ...Read more

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My 40lbs 5yr old was given a dosage of 12.5 ml twice a day of liquid amoxicillin (400mg/5ml) for ear infection. is this correct?

My 40lbs 5yr old was given a dosage of 12.5 ml twice a day of liquid amoxicillin (400mg/5ml) for ear infection. is this correct?

Max dose: That is the maximum recommended dose for your child's weight, age and reason for using the medication. If you have any further concerns, please be sure to discuss with treating provider. Hope your child is better soon. Dr R ...Read more

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I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

Yes: you need to take her to be seen, by her Pediatrician or ENT. It seems that she is otherwise fine, but you need to be sure that everything is just fine with her external and middle ear on that side. Kindly plug that ear until you get to see her doctor, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

Different issues: The middle ear otitis that benefits from tubes is different from the canal infections that come with swimming. Middle ear infections are head size related and fade as the kids eustachian tubes enlarge with age. Swimmer's ear is related to time in the pool and retention of water after swimming. Remove the water and end the problem.Tubes would have no benefit. ...Read more

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Constant ear infections. Should my 5 year old get tubes?

Constant ear infections. Should my 5 year old get tubes?

Hearing loss: If your child's hearing is starting to get worse from the infections, it may be time for tubes. Of course, if someone smokes in the house, getting rid of smoke might be all you need. And this is rarely a consideration for 5-year-olds, but drinking while lying flat on one's back is also a risk factor for otitis media. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough for a week and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Depends: Acute ear infections often accompany upper respiratory infections such as a cold. She/he should complain of ear pain and likely hearing loss. Definitive diagnosis needs an ear examination and then treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 1yr old keeps having ear infections just 2wks ago we treated her.. Is there something im doing at home that causes a reacurance? Water, diging, etc

My 1yr old keeps having ear infections just 2wks ago we treated her.. Is there something im doing at home that causes a reacurance? Water, diging, etc

No: These are generally caused by respiratory infections that are picked up from other people. Unfortunately the ear infections result from these and immature immunity. ...Read more

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My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

My 9 month old was just diagnosed with a double ear infection and a sinus infection at the same time. Is this common and how is it treated?

It happens: The tissues of the upper airway and ears share common set of germs and can all be infected at the same time. A single broad spectrum antibiotic is usually given to cover all 3 issues. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has had a runny nose on and off for about 3 months now she did have an ear infection but was treated with antibiotic. What do I do now?

Sinusitis: With persistent nasal draiange.. I would consider having her evaluated for possible sinusitis (chronic) or adenoiditis. Start wtih your pediatrician, but being seen by an ENT is not a bad idea. ...Read more

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Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?

Is there any other way to treat  a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?

Maybe: Is the child in daycare with lots of other kids? This can increase risk of exposure to viruses and infections. Is there smoking in the home or car (even if child isn't in the room at the time)? Same thing. You can try saline mist to the nostrils a few times a day to help rinse away bugs and allergens. Also, you can try xylitol 4-5x a day for the child to see if that helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 6 year old was treated for strep and ear infection on friday, feb 22 with amoxicillin. On feb 27, he had 103 degree fever. Again now too. Why?

My 6 year old was treated for strep and ear infection on friday, feb 22 with amoxicillin.  On feb 27, he had 103 degree fever.  Again now too. Why?

Possible misdiagnose: Did he have a throat culture to diagnose strep? If not, he may have been misdiagnosed and has a viral infection, in which case the anti biotic wont work. ...Read more

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6mo old cutting front four teeth and just treated for double ear infections..could shaking head side to side be considered a normal reaction to either?

6mo old cutting front four teeth and just treated for double ear infections..could shaking head side to side be considered a normal reaction to either?

Reevaluate: Sensory stimulus causing your child to try to clear ears. Have Pediatrician take a look. Also, as teeth are erupting, time to schedule with a Pediatric Dental Specialist. ...Read more

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Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

No--try decongestant: if there are no symptoms at all---no ear infections,no snoring the first approach to enlarged adenoids is not surgery.Adenoids can shrink with age if not infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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