how to tell if a baby has an ear infection

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

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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.
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How can i tell if my baby has an ear infection?

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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.
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At what age can i put garlic drops my baby's ear for an ear infection?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Never works


this home remedy does not really work!!!
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Infant Health

Do's And Don'ts

Myth: Getting water in the ear causes middle ear infections.

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My 11 month old baby's nose is bleeding and mixed with mucous.  What should I do?  She is on omnicef for and ear infection.

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Notify Pediatrician


May try nasal saline solution to clean the nasal passages and make him/ her breath humidified air. Avoid aspirin. Notify the Pediatrician office so he/ she be examined. If bleeding is too much take him to the Emergency Room.
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How is baby?


The mucous membranes of a baby are continuous thru the nose/sinuses/middle ears so infection in one area may run into another. Spotty blood in mucous is often a sinus infection with the same germ. Gentle cleaning with saline & application of saline gel may end the bleeding. Let your Drs office know so they can coordinate timeing of followup. If baby's happy & playful it can wait till ofc hrs
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Looked in baby's ear and ear drum is red on one ear he is teething and runny nose could it b ear infection or pressure?4 wks ago on antibiotics

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Red doesn't diagnose


Red is but one thing we look at when visualizing an ear drum. Red alone does not an ear infection make. An ear drum can be red if child has fever, is crying, holding breath,etc. We also look at landmarks, how the light reflexes, whether the ear drum moves, whether there is fluid behind the drum. All the things together make the diagnosis. If you are concerned, best to have doc look to diagnose.
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Flu & Cold

Interesting Fact

Most ear infections in kids are due to a cold.

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Are there any good ways to prevent ear infections in my infant?

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Options


While you can't totally control whether your baby gets any ear infections, we do know some risk factors that tend to increase them: being exposed to cigarette smoke, bottlefeeding in a laid-down position and attending daycare are among them. Seek your pediatrician's advice about other lifestyle choices you can make to keep your baby healthy overall.
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How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

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Prevention study


There is a study going on from Boston university looking at taking sorbitol three times per day and whether the incidence of ear infections diminish. A Finland study showed a decrease in the incidence of taking sorbitol with five doses per day. It works on chnaging some of the bacteria in the mouth-ear environment
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When do you know if it is appropriate to bring in an infant? We have been battling stuffy/runny noses, coughs and ear infections for nearly 5 months.

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Precautions


You can bring the infant in by taking proper precaution of washing your hands with soap and water and wearing a mask
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Could you tell me what homeopathic remedies would you use for a baby with an ear infection?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Motrin


There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections." We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with motrin/pain control. The PROBLEM with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language developement. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection.
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How can I tell when my 6 month old baby has fluid in his ear after he's had an ear infection and taken all antibiotics as he keeps pulling at ear how?

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It is not too uncommon that infant continues pulling at ear even after ear infection subsides. As long as infant remains afebrile and playful, "wait and watch" approach for 2 weeks is reasonable. The fluid accumulated in middle ear as a part of ear infection takes 2-4 weeks to clear up after acute inflammation subsides.
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