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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...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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How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

Cough, fever, crying: It's really only a diagnosis a doctor can make by looking inside the ear. Pain, . Fever and cough are common symptoms, though, and should prompt a doctor visit. ...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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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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How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

You can't: Short answer: you can't. If they complain of pain, it is possible, but even that might be misleading. (it might be from something else and just feels like it is from their ear.) ear infections don't always need treated, either. Sometimes, you're actually better off waiting as it might do just fine without an antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked; we'll talk about options. ...Read more

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My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

See a doctor: Only a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics after taking your mother's medical history and examining her. ...Read more

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How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

Audiogram: Worried about your baby's hearing? Exam by a pediatric ENT is best, followed by audiogram (hearing test) by a pediatric audiologist, will get you the facts. A pediatric audiologist can test the hearing system of any age baby or child. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

Sometimes hard: If your child has had congestion for over a week and now is more fussy, has a fever, is sleeping poorly, then it is more likely. A visit is necessary to best diagnose and confirm this infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Depends: Most ent's would prefer to have an angry active infection treated for a while to calm it down before putting in tubes. It is also quite difficult to do if the ear infection has produced a hole in the ear drum where the tube is supposed to go. All these issues are best analysed by the doc considering the procedure. Sometimes, the operation can proceed as scheduled. ...Read more

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How can u tell if your 8month old has a ear infection?

Someone looks: While there are a number of symptoms associated with ear infections - rubbing/pulling at ears, poor sleep, fussiness, fever, etc. - there is really only one way to tell if the baby has an infection. That is to look in the middle ear with an otoscope and see if there is a red, bulging tm and cloudy fluid behind the ear drum. All other ways are just guessing and are not the accurate way of looking. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has an object in her ear?

How can I tell if my child has an object in her ear?

You can try to look: You can try to look with a flashlight but ear canals can be hard to see into. Take her to your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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My mum has an infection in her abdominal cavity, petrionitis. I just want to know if she will be alright?

My mum has an infection in her abdominal cavity, petrionitis. I just want to know if she will be alright?

Hopefully: Peritonitis can be life threatening.M source of the infection has to be found and treated. ...Read more

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My 4 year son has an ear infection. They purged the ears but he doesn't seam to get better. What should I do? Thank you

My 4 year son has an ear infection. They purged the ears but he doesn't seam to get better. What should I do?  Thank you

Antibiotics: I am not sure what you mean by purging ears - cleaning? Tubes? If he has not been treated with antibiotics, it may time to do so. If he had one antibiotic that proved ineffective, then he may need another. There are resistant infections that require a more potent antibiotic than just regular first line choice such as amoxicillin. If antibiotic is ineffective, other causes should be explored (funga. ...Read more

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My 11wk old baby has an UTI and is on antibiotics. What can I do to help her not get another one?

My 11wk old baby has an UTI and is on antibiotics. What can I do to help her not get another one?

UTI in baby: Keep your daughter well hydrated, make sure the diapers are changed frequently and that she does not have irritation along her bottom. Discuss with the doctor seeing her and follow their suggestions and advice. Hopefully she will be better soon and this will not recur. If it does your pediatrician may want her to see a pediatric urologist. ...Read more

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My daughter has laryngitis, i was told its contagious, but i'm wondering how soon will i know if i've been infected? And what to look out for (symptom

My daughter has laryngitis, i was told its contagious, but i'm wondering how soon will i know if i've been infected? And what to look out for (symptom

Acute Laryngitis: Is a viral illness, when viruses infect larynx, there is barking cough, hoarseness of voice, sometimes loss of voice, low grade fever. It is a disease of children, adults are not affected that much. If adult gets, milder similar symptoms occur. Treatment: humidified air/steam inhalation, more fluid intake, can use vicks in vaporizer. Keep her home, keep other children away to prevent spread. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

Possible: Depending on where the pain is, it is very possible that an infection could be caused from a tooth. Sometimes a sinus infection can mimic a toothache, but a proper exam and radiograph would be needed to correctly diagnose and treat the source and cause of your infection. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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I have hsv and I just got a could if I lick Someone ear can I give it to them says he got ear infection can that give that to him he has a fever?

I have hsv and I just got a could if I lick Someone ear can I give it to them says he got ear infection can that give that to him he has a fever?

Oral herpes: Oral herpes is not often transmitted unless there is an obvious cold sore outbreak. It can happen, but uncommonly. Also, saliva alone is not very likely to transmit, and so you are unlikely to infect someone by licking their ear (or licking anywhere else). But avoid intimate contact like kissing or giving someone oral sex whenever you're having an outbreak. ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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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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Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

No: It is expected that all infants will have an ear infection by their 2nd birthday and some have 5 or more in a year. Modern abx therapy and monitoring has almost eliminated the long term problems of conductive hearing loss common before antibiotics. Some delay in speech development is common with those having the most infections, but catch up progress is the norm for that group. ...Read more

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Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

No, could be wax: Not all ear discharge is considered abnormal. Ear wax may drain out of the ear canal and is generally not associated with any pain or discomfort. In a child who has been sick with a cold and severe ear pain, ear drainage could be due to a ruptured ear drum from a middle ear infection. Also if your child has ear tubes, infected drainage may be due to an ear infection as well. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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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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What do doctors do and prescribe for babies with ear infections????

What do doctors do and prescribe for babies with ear infections????

Verify/age adjust: The primary issue is to verify a treatable problem is there. Some are viral & would self heal. Some are just fluid that is benign. Some have a puss collection that needs help with antibiotics, If needed, these are selected and dosed based on the kids age & allergy profile. ...Read more

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Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

No: An infant typically will be irritable with possibly a preceding or current upper respiratory infection. there may it may not be fever. The inflammation is in the middle ear and tympanic membrane and this should not cause a red ear. ...Read more

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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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What causes ear infections in babies?

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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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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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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How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

Prevention: The factors which seem to protect children most from getting ear infections are breastfeeding, not being in daycare, and avoidance of cigarette smoke in the environment. It is also recommended that babies do not feed lying flat on their backs. There is some evidence this may increase the rate of ear infections. ...Read more

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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. Al Hegab
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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)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more