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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

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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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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How can you tell if you have ear infection? Do only babies and elders get ear infections?

How can you tell if you have ear infection? Do only babies and elders get ear infections?

Anyone can: A lot of different symptoms include ear pain, decrease hearing, pressure sensation, fever, chills. If you think you have an ear infection see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade & need treatment. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

See your doctor for the proper diagnosis
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Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
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Finish your entire course of any antibiotic prescribed
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Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Maturity: Ear infections are thought to result from a poorly functioning eustachain tube which connects the middle ear to the nose. As one ages the tube matures.It gets larger making it less likely to obstruct. It is this blockage that causes ear infections.In addition, it is probable that the immune systems matures, fighting the infections off more efficiently. ...Read more

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Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Sometimes.: Ear infections can occur with or without fever. Other symptoms of ear infections include ear pulling or rubbing, decreased sleep or eating, fussing, not wanting to be laid down, and vomiting. Fevers can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and even noninfectious conditions. If you think your baby might have an ear infection, please take him or her to the doctor. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Take a decongestant and anti inflammatory until you see MD
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Warm oil 2 drops in your ear for pain relief
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SSee MD for probable antibiotics
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4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20,still has it.How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20,still has it.How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

Unusual: But sometimes the virus can take 2-3 weeks to clear and now he has a secondary infection set up by HFMD. Don't worry about the baby , as the ear infection is not contagious. Also the HFMD is probably not contagious at this point. Still would have 4 yo avoid touching baby until all mouth lesions are healed ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more

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