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

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.
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.).
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.

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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.

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.
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.

Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

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.
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.

Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Yes. But not always. Fevers for longer than 48-72 hrs need seen by doctor.
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.

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.