Ear infections in babies are common and can be concerning for parents. The good news is that most ear infections in babies can be treated quickly and effectively.Get the basics on baby ear infections: symptoms, when to see a doctor, and more.
Signs of an Ear Infection
Babies can’t tell us when their ears hurt – so it’s important for parents to watch out for signs of an ear infection. Some common signs include pulling at the ears, fussiness and difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, fever, fluid drainage from the ear canal, and irritability. If your baby has any combination of these symptoms, it could be a sign that they have an ear infection.
When to See Your Doctor
If your baby is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, it’s best to contact your doctor right away.
OTC pain relievers for discomfort while waiting for test results (check with doctor first)
In most cases,
antibiotics will not be prescribed because mild ear infections will resolve on their own after a few days.
However, if there is persistent pain or fever lasting longer than 48 hours, further tests may be necessary. Your doctor may also want to see your baby if there is fluid discharge from the affected ear(s).
Preventing Future Ear Infections
There are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of future ear infections in your baby: avoid exposure to secondhand smoke; keep up with vaccinations; breastfeed as long as possible; limit time spent around people who have colds; and use a humidifier during cold weather months. Additionally, make sure that all pacifiers used by your baby are clean and frequently replaced (about every two weeks).
Following these simple steps can help reduce the chances of future ear infections .
To protect against future ear infections in babies, it’s important for parents to watch out for signs such as pulling at the ears or irritability; contact their doctor if any combination of these symptoms present themselves; consider avoiding secondhand smoke and limiting time spent around people who have colds; breastfeeding as long as possible.
using a humidifier during cold weather months; and replacing pacifiers every two weeks. With proper care and preventive measures taken by parents, most mild cases of ear infection can be treated effectively without antibiotics over time.