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When Can A Child Return To School After 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No connection: No scientific base. Folk tale.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My child covers his ears a lot, but he says they don't hurt. Is this a habit or an ear infection?
If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?
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?
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My daughter was on steriods for a recurring ear infection as a small child. Any long term effects to watch out for?
No: She should be fine...Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm a bit congested and my ear is popping and hurts. Could this be from my scar tissue from ear infections as a child?
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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