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.
No. Ear infections are common and many children have one or two in the first two years. If they are becoming recurrent, than I am concerned and want more information. Often diet can be a factor, or starting daycare, or if you moved to a new location. Garlic and willow drops (or garlic and mullein or garlic and goldenseal) in the ear as drops can help alleviate pain.

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Should I be concerned if my 6month old baby has a ear infection and a 100 degree fever for 3 days. W hat should I be looking out for?

Some concern. Most children will have an ear infection at some time before 6 years of age. Ear infections usually cause low grade temp, discomfort and temporary decreased hearing. Most episodes of otitis media will resolve, but if temperature would increase or persist, or drainage develops from ear needs examination. Even when symptoms resolve should be checked by pcp to examine ear and make sure fluid has. Read more...

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...

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...
Fussy. All babies play with their ears at times! this is not usually a sign of ear infection. The most common signs are fussiness, runny nose or congestion, change in eating and sleeping habits and pain with lying down flat. A baby can have an ear infection with or without a fever, so if you see the above symptoms, check with your doctor. Read more...

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

Earache. Ear infections generally cause ear pain. The pain may make your baby fussy or irritable. He/she may tug or fuss with the painful ear. Ear infections generally accompany colds, so a runny nose or cough might proceed the baby getting worse (as the ear infection starts). Fever may be part of an ear infection as well. Pus dripping from the ear is a later sign if the eardrum bursts. Read more...
Someone must LOOK. Erupting teeth - teething - releases cytokines that can cause low grade fevers, irritability, diarrhea, and loss of sleep. Oddly, the nerves that supply the jaw and teeth also provide sense of pain to the ears. As a result, teething can cause referred ear pain, and all other symptoms of an ear infection. A doc must look at th ear totell the difference. (teething is also associated with drooling.). Read more...
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...

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...
Inflamation mid/ear. Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade & need treatment. Read more...