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My 21 mo. Old has had 7 ear infections- mostly after colds. He is not in daycare or around kids but is sick every 3/4 weeks. Should I be concerned?

My 21 mo. Old has had 7 ear infections- mostly after colds. He is not in daycare or around kids but is sick every 3/4 weeks. Should I be concerned?

Mgt: Children in this age group do acquire frequent ear and respiratory illness. A detailed history would be helpful in providing further advise which is available by in box consult. If these were separate infections, prophylactic antibiotics can be considered. ...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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Should I wean my 6mo baby off her pacifier to avoid ear infections? She used pacifier at home but started getting infections once she started daycare.

Should I wean my 6mo baby off her pacifier to avoid ear infections? She used pacifier at home but started getting infections once she started daycare.

Doubt it: Use or non-use of a pacifier is better determined by the emotional needs of the kid. I would equate the frequency of ear infections more to day care exposures than pacifier use. Baby is entering a phase where the ability to self soothe with stress/strangers/etc will be greater. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 8mo to go to daycare with an ear infection, taking Cefdinir for 3d now, and a fever that comes & goes, around 100.6 - 101 degrees?

Is it safe for my 8mo to go to daycare with an ear infection, taking Cefdinir for 3d now, and a fever that comes & goes, around 100.6 - 101 degrees?

Ear infections: Safe. Yes. If your baby has completed 3 days of antibiotics and is still having fevers reaching 101, I suggest reaching out to your pediatrician and letting them know. Usually we expect the fever to resolve (in a simple ear infection) by the end of the third day of antibiotics. If the fever is trending down (not getting as high each day) then that is reassuring. ...Read more

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6mo w/3 ear infections in 3mths. Runny nose that turned green again. Humidifier, saline, bulb syringe but daycare. How to know if ear infected?Risks?

Exam: You may assume with the history that baby may get another ear infection, but greenish nasal drainage can be normal.The only way to know for sure is to have baby checked. Validating the number and type of infections is important if tubes are likely at some point. ...Read more

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3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 month caution: 3 months is an age where infections and dehydration may be serious, so a visit to the MD may be in order. On the upside, a few mucous stools while still feeding well is typically nothing to worry about. Kids who eat well are very rarely if ever seriously ill. ...Read more

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When does normal hearing come back after an ear infection?

When does normal hearing come back after an ear infection?

2-4 weeks: If not, then you should have your ears checked again to see if the infection is still present. You can also have fluid that remains after the infection, but that should be followed to make sure it resolves. ...Read more

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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

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Why do you lose your hearing after an ear infection?

Why do you lose your hearing after an ear infection?

Fluid behind the ear: Ear infections typically cause accumulation of fluid and/or pus behind the eardrum, which causes increased pressure (and often pain) which causes decreased movement of the eardrum and the tiny little bones in your ear that amplify the sound waves into your inner ear. Decreased vibration = decreased hearing! ...Read more

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How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

7 days: Acute infection of the mastoid air cells is a complication of acute otitis media. It was more common in the pre-antibiotic ear than now. Symptoms usually appear 7 days after acute otitis media. Patients with mastoiditis are acutely ill, have fever, extreme ear pain, and occasional ear drainage. The area behind the affected ear will be red, tender and edematous. ...Read more

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When do I get my normal hearing back after an ear infection?

When do I get my normal hearing back after an ear infection?

After infection clea: It depends on the infection whether it is viral or bacterial and if there is residual fluid left behind the ear drum after the full course of antibiotics and reexamination by the doctor if the infection has all clearedand there is no residual fluid behind the ear drum, your hering should return to normal gradually within 2to3 weeks. ...Read more

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Would loosing one's hearing be common after an ear infection?

Would loosing one's hearing be common after an ear infection?

It depends: If you still have fluid in your ear or continued inflammation (very common after ear infection) then you will often have a conductive hearing loss. If you have a nerve hearing loss (sensorineural) this is more serious. You should see an otolaryngologist to help differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

Depends: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read more

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How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and symptoms of acute infection( fever, pain) the fluids remains there for two to three months .During that time there can be some compromise to hearing due to blockade of the transmission of the sound waves to the inner ear and to the brain. ...Read more

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When after an ear infection can you swim without ear plugs?

Ear infection/swim: If you have no drum perforaion you could swim after 5-7 days of being on antibiotics. If you had a drum perforation, it may take a month or longer to heal depending on the size of the perforationand you should not allow any water to go in you ears (middle ear). ...Read more

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Why would my earlobe be sore after an ear infection?

Ear infection: I am assuming when you say ear infection it was a middle ear infection not an external infection. It may just be from being manipulated but be sure the pain is not radiating from the bone behind your earlobe which could mean mastoid involvement and you will need treatment. ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get in the pool if I wear ear plugs after an ear infection?

Docs, wanted to know if I can get in the pool if I wear ear plugs after an ear infection?

Ear infection: You would be better off using nose plugs to prevent a middle ear infection.because water and mucus can enter your middle through your euchstacian tubes. If you had a swimmers ear wearing ear plugs would be more fitting ...Read more

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I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

Yes: you need to take her to be seen, by her Pediatrician or ENT. It seems that she is otherwise fine, but you need to be sure that everything is just fine with her external and middle ear on that side. Kindly plug that ear until you get to see her doctor, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if a lymph node swelling behind my left ear persists long after an ear infection clears up?

Should i be concerned if a lymph node swelling behind my left ear persists long after an ear infection clears up?

A little: A lymph node swelling is usually a sign of infection. Generally it goes back down after the infection is resolved. If you have a lymph node behind your ear (posterior auricular node) that is enlarged, it is worth checking out with a doctor. It might be a sign of a residual infection in or near the ear, or could be a sign of a lymph node disorder. Please see your regular general practitioner. ...Read more

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How do you get fluid out of your ear after an ear infection? I used a nasal spray but it isn't working. What else can I do?

How do you get fluid out of your ear after an ear infection? I used a nasal spray but it isn't working. What else can I do?

Pateince: Patience.The fluid may take 6-8 weeks to naturally resolve.Short of surgery, there is no other way or proven therapy, other than antibiotics to treat infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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