Ear infections can be a common occurrence during childhood, but fortunately, they are easily treated. At International Pediatrics, PA, we can help your child find relief from an ear infection as soon as possible.request an appointment
If your child is old enough to verbalize feelings clearly, he or she may complain of ear pain, itching, burning, or that the ear feels hot to the touch.
If your child is too young, then you may be able to recognize signs of infections by the following symptoms:
- Balance problems
- Fluid or discharge from ears
- Poor appetite
- Pulling on ears
- Rubbing ears constantly
- Unusual fussiness
Another symptom associated with ear infections can be a fever. Most children with an ear infection will display several symptoms listed above. If your child is displaying some of these symptoms, schedule an appointment to get your child fast relief.
Ear infections typically occur from bacteria or viruses that have entered your child’s body. This often occurs when your child is unwell from a cold or respiratory infection.
Treatment will vary depending on your child’s symptoms.
If your child is not feeling better with over-the-counter medication or warm compresses, antibiotics may be prescribed. These antibiotics can usually be taken with over-the-counter medication as needed. Before prescribing any medication, your doctor will go over any potential side effects with you.
Most children begin to feel better after a few days of treatment. If your child experiences ear infections often, they may need to undergo a simple procedure to drain their ears of fluid to prevent future infections.
For more information on ear infections and our treatment options available, please contact our office.