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Dr. Magalie Nelson
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Dr. Magalie Nelson
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
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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. 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


Dr. Alan Greene
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Dr. Alan Greene
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Johnstone Kim
Board Certified, Retinal Surgery
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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
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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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. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why do ear infections mostly affect babies and children?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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. Benjamin Green
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What causes ear infections in babies?

Dr. Benjamin Green
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
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Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Dr. Andrew Lipton
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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. Chad Rudnick
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Has there been any research on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment on babies? Is it beneficial from chronic ear infections?

Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Ear infection is a condition where there is a bacterial or viral infection of the inner or outer ear, and is manifest by ear pain ...Read more


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