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How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

When comfortable: If the ear infection seemed to occur independently of other symptoms (no cough, significant nasal drainage, etc.) then they are unlikely to be a high risk of passing infection to others. The limiting factor is going to be their comfort. If they are not requiring pain medication or feverish, they can probably return to school without significant concern. ...Read more

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 long do you keep a child out of school for an ear infection?

How long do you keep a child out of school for an ear infection?

Why keep out?: Unless your school has a restriction on fever or the kid is too sickly to benefit, there is no reason a kid with a simple ear infection should be kept out of school. If they are fever free and can sit still to watch their favorite TV show they can go to school. ...Read more

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Can you go to school with ear infection?

Can you go to school with ear infection?

Yes: There is no reason to alter a normal schedule for an ear infection.If the discomfort is such that the student could not focus on the material being studied, it would be reasonable to sit out until he or she is more comfortable. It is not contagious to others. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?

Do you think I should go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?

Depends: The ear infection is not contagious to others so that is not an issue. Whether you will feel well enough to engage in class and learn anything productive is a separate issue. Some schools will hassle you for any missed days, so in balance, consider how you feel and go if you are up to it. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat a double ear infection without having to take off from school?

Is there any way to treat a double ear infection without having to take off from school?

NO: Having an ear infection or treating it should not remove you from school. However if you are having significant pain or unable to hear that might cause you troubles in going to shcool. ...Read more

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Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Yes/no: If you feel well enough to attend and benefit from a class you are free to go. Ear infections are not contagious. Any cold or other problem you bay have in addition to the ear infection might be. ...Read more

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Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Didn't they treat?: If you have seen a doctor and these things were described, it seems likely that further testing and suggestions for treatment would have been offered. If not, see your family doctor. This could be strep throat, infectious mononucleosis, or half a dozen other illnesses. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection in both ears that hurts at times & can only hear people talk when they're beside me. Should I go to school or stay home?

I have a middle ear infection in both ears that hurts at times & can only hear people talk when they're beside me. Should I go to school or stay home?

OK for school: I would go see your physician for an ear, nose, and throat exam. They may be able to give you some medications to help treat the middle ear infection. Typically, ear infections are not contagious so you should still be able to go to school. ...Read more

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Can a child’s ear infection clear up on its own?

Can a child’s ear infection clear up on its own?

It depends.: Children <6 months old should always receive antibiotic treatment for ear infections. Children from 6 months - 2 years who have an uncertain diagnosis of ear infection and a mild illness do not need antibiotics. Children 2 years and older do not need antibiotics if their illness is mild or if the diagnosis is uncertain. All children with ear infections should follow up closely with their doctor. ...Read more

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What if my child has an ear infection late at night after all doctors are closed?

What if my child has an ear infection late at night after all doctors are closed?

Comfort care: Most ear infections can wait until the morning to be seen. If he/she is really uncomfortable and can't sleep well, then tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen may help get you both to the morning. ...Read more

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Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Yes: Sometimes the altitude change is not felt as much when there is fluid behind the eardrum, such as when an ear is infected. Sometimes it is more painful. Give pain medication and treat the infection as directed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read more

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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...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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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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Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

No: Your child may need a tube placed in the eardrum. The tympanostomy tube can help drain fluid that's present due to an infection. ...Read more

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My child covers his ears a lot, but he says they don't hurt. Is this a habit or an ear infection?

My child covers his ears a lot, but he says they don't hurt. Is this a habit or an ear infection?

Hard to know: This is a common symptom reported by parents of children with chronic otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum). I would recommend seeing your pediatrician as a first step and possibly your local ent. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

Not rare: If there are tubes in place or if the ear drum ruptures then pus will drain out. This is not rare and not necessarially an ominous sign. ...Read more

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Can I use a small amount of peroxide in my child's ear if she has a tube in there she currently has an ear infection?

Can I use a small amount of peroxide in my child's ear if she has a tube in there she currently has an ear infection?

Not advised: This would go into the tube and potentially harm her middle ear. Have your doctor give you a script for Ciprodex drops which would be much safer for an ear infection. ...Read more

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Child says ear keeps poping and looks like she has a little fluid coming from ear. More likely allergies or ear infection? Does she need go to dr?

Child says ear keeps poping and looks like she has a little fluid coming from ear. More likely allergies or ear infection? Does she need go to dr?

Yes: If your complains of ear popping and fluid coming from ear, better be checked out by her doctor, good luck ...Read more

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How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

Ear infections: The greatest reason for ear infection in the very young is due to both anatomy and laying down. As a child grows the angle of the tube that hooks the ear to the throat becomes more acute, and the tube becomes longer, resulting in most kids "outgrowing" the risk. However, there are a number of other factors and one of the most often over looked is allergies which cause chronic nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

Multiple: Just to name a few: attending daycare, exposure to tobacco smoke, cleft palate, positive family history, ciliary dysfunction, immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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How do you prevent your child from getting more ear infections?

How do you prevent your child from getting more ear infections?

Avoid smoke: Avoidance of second hand smoke, avoidance of pacifiers and baby bottles all help. Make sure that your child is up to date with prevnar-13 vaccination to further decrease ear infection risks. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent your child from getting ear infections?

What can you do to prevent your child from getting ear infections?

Options. ..: Clinical trials, starting in the 1970's, have clearly found that xylitol can reduce ear infections by 30-50%! xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that is difficult for bacteria to metabolize, and it helps prevent bacterial adherence to the upper respiratory lining. Xylitol is available in nasal sprays (best for infants) and chewing gum. ...Read more

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Should I take my child out of day care if he gets recurring ear infections?

Should I take my child out of day care if he gets recurring ear infections?

Personal decision: Taking them out of childcare may reduce the number of infections. Another alternative is to switch to a smaller daycare (less than 5 children) or to get ear tubes. Also, most children tend to stop getting sick as frequently after about a year in daycare. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

Possibly: If the ear drum has ruptured from the ear infection - which is not uncommon. Then yes you would see drainage from the ear. If there is a rupture (typically very small - pinpoint), it will heal within a week. The medication (i presume an antibiotic) did not cause the drainage. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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)

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 ...Read more