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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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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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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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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?

Depends: Mastoiditis is an inflammation and infection of the bone next to the ear. It can be from a localized spread of infection from an ear infection and can happen rapidly (if a severe infection) or slowly depending on the infection and immune response. If they develop, it is usually over a week or two from the beginning of an ear infection. ...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

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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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