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Dr. Magalie Nelson
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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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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


Dr. Alan Greene
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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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Dr. Johnstone Kim
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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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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Cindy Juster
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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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Dr. Andrew Lipton
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Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Suckling: Breast feeding does reduce ear infections due to the force needed to nurse from a breast. This suckling helps drain eustachian tubes and is not accomplished by bottle fed babies. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Has there been any research on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment on babies? Is it beneficial from chronic ear infections?

No!: If a chiropractor tells you he can treat your ear infections, you should run away. And if attempts this on your baby, you should run even faster! ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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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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