Why might a baby get recurring ear infections?

Collection of issues. The middle ear requires drainage of a mucus created by its walls, the drain has tiny tube size initially that enlarges with age. Infants have recurrent illnesses, many of them in the respiratory tract as it builds its immune system. The tiny tubes block easily with colds, throat germs invade, ear infections occur. As the kid/head grows, this becomes less common. There are other factors.
Child many ear infec. We see this frequently in pediatrics, "atopic dx". Sometimes children get another ear infection as soon as they stop their antibiotic. The most common reason is a highly allergic child, who often will have eczema too. These children do very well with dairy-free diets and sometimes removal of other foods too depending on allergy testing. Ear tubes can usually be avoided!

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How can you tell if you have ear infection? Do only babies and elders get ear infections?

Pain & hearing Loss. Anyone can get an ear infection. There are three types:1) outer - very painful and ear is tender to touch 2) middle - pain in ear but outer ear not tender to touch with decreased hearing 3) inner - usually no pain at all - can cause dizziness/hearing loss. Read more...
Anyone can. A lot of different symptoms include ear pain, decrease hearing, pressure sensation, fever, chills. If you think you have an ear infection see your doctor. Read more...

Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Yes. But not always. Fevers for longer than 48-72 hrs need seen by doctor. Read more...
Sometimes. Ear infections can occur with or without fever. Other symptoms of ear infections include ear pulling or rubbing, decreased sleep or eating, fussing, not wanting to be laid down, and vomiting. Fevers can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and even noninfectious conditions. If you think your baby might have an ear infection, please take him or her to the doctor. 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...

Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

No. An infant typically will be irritable with possibly a preceding or current upper respiratory infection. there may it may not be fever. The inflammation is in the middle ear and tympanic membrane and this should not cause a red ear. Read more...

4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20, still has it. How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?

Hand foot and mouth . HFMD can last for 2-3 weeks. The blisters on the hands, feet and buttocks are contagious if the contents are opened from a scratch and shared. The oral blisters are associated with the fever and not eating. Fever means contagious. There is no treatment. Symptomatic support for pain and fever do help. Ear infections are common secondary infections. The virus name is Coxsackie. . Read more...
Unusual. But sometimes the virus can take 2-3 weeks to clear and now he has a secondary infection set up by HFMD. Don't worry about the baby , as the ear infection is not contagious. Also the HFMD is probably not contagious at this point. Still would have 4 yo avoid touching baby until all mouth lesions are healed. Read more...

Are there any good ways to prevent ear infections in my infant?

Options. While you can't totally control whether your baby gets any ear infections, we do know some risk factors that tend to increase them: being exposed to cigarette smoke, bottlefeeding in a laid-down position and attending daycare are among them. Seek your pediatrician's advice about other lifestyle choices you can make to keep your baby healthy overall. Read more...