What causes ear infections?
- Earaches are characterized primarily by ear pain but can also be accompanied by other symptoms. The most common cause of earache is a middle ear infection that derives from an infection in the upper respiratory tract, similar to a cold. When a child has a cold or a fever, he/she may experience pain in one or both ears.
How can I tell whether my child has an ear infection?
- The easiest way to tell if your child might have an ear infection is by observing a change in his/her mood. Because earaches are common among children, who cannot yet tell you about their pain, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of earache, so that you can take action as soon as possible. You may notice the following symptoms:
- Young children may lose their appetite and pull on or rub the affected ear since it hurts their ear and such if they have an ear infection.
- Children of all ages may experience a fever, trouble sleeping, coughing, runny nose, trouble hearing or complain of ear pain.
When should I call the doctor?
- Call at the first sign of an ear infection. Most earaches are treatable and do not cause long-term damage. Your doctor may prescribe age-appropriate antibiotics or painkillers or recommend over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or eardrops. If your child’s earache persists or frequently recurs, your doctor may suggest placing tubes inside the ear to prevent fluid buildup and infection.