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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 30, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Ear Infection  
Ear InfectionWondering if your child might be dealing with an ear infection?

While you will certainly know when you’re dealing with an ear infection; unfortunately kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, can’t tell you that they are experiencing ear pain. Ear infections are incredibly common in young children, with five out of six children experiencing at least one ear infection by the time they turn three years old. Know the warning signs and when to turn to your pediatrician for treatment.

They may have trouble sleeping

It’s not too surprising that with pressure building up in the middle ear due to bacteria that your child may get fussy or even throw a tantrum about going to bed. Children with ear infections often toss and turn and feel worse when they lie down. If your little one suddenly starts crying when they lie down this could be a sign of an ear infection.

They tug at their ears

While a toddler won’t be able to tell you that their ear hurts, they can show you. You may be able to discern whether your child could have an ear infection by whether or not they are tugging and pulling at their ears. Again, the pressure inside the ears can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, and children might fidget with their ears to minimize the discomfort.

They could have a fever

If a child has a middle ear infection, commonly, they could also have a fever. If your child’s ear looks red, if they tug at their ear and seem fussier lately, and they have a fever over 100 degrees F then it’s probably time to see a pediatrician.

Their ears might drain

Another telltale sign of an ear infection in your little one is the presence of fluid or pus draining from the ear. If there is the presence of blood in the fluid this might be a sign of a ruptured eardrum. While the eardrum will heal on its own, it’s still a good idea to see your pediatrician if pus or fluid is draining from your child’s ear.

If your child is displaying symptoms of an ear infection, or if you’re concerned about your child’s recurring ear infections, it’s important to talk with your pediatrician. A pediatrician will be able to dispense the proper medication and discuss other ways to reduce your child’s risk of developing future infections.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 17, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Ear Infection  

An ear infection is one of the most common infections that children have to deal with. In fact, most children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are five years old. Of course, it’s important to understand the telltale signs of an ear infection, as well as know how to treat the infection and when you should turn to a pediatrician for care.

An ear infection isn’t contagious and usually isn’t a cause for concern; however, you will want to monitor your child’s symptoms to make sure problems aren’t getting worse or don’t warrant seeing a doctor. In many instances, a child may develop an ear infection after they’ve had a cold.

Signs and Symptoms of an Ear Infection

So, how will you know if your child has an ear infection? Children who are old enough to talk will certainly be able to let you know that they are experiencing an earache or pain; however, a baby or toddler won’t be able to tell you that they are experiencing an earache. Therefore, signs that your baby might have an ear infection include:

  • Increased fussiness
  • A fever
  • Pulling at the ears
  • Crying or tantrums, particularly when lying down
  • Having difficulty hearing noises or not responding to sounds
  • Fluid draining from the ears

So, when should you wait out an infection and when should you call a pediatrician? You should give your child’s doctor a call if they have an ear infection and they are also experiencing:

  • A rash
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Ear swelling

You should also turn to a doctor for care if your child:

  • Has an ear infection and they are under 6 months old
  • Is in significant pain or still experiences pain after two days of taking ibuprofen
  • Also has other serious health problems

How is an ear infection treated?

In most cases an ear infection will go away on its own. If your child isn’t in significant pain and they don’t have a high fever your pediatrician may tell you to wait a couple of days to see if symptoms improve. If symptoms remain or get worse then you should bring them back to the doctor’s office.

While antibiotics are not normally prescribed to treat an ear infection they may be used if your child has a very high fever, is in significant pain or if their ear infection hasn’t improved within 48 hours. It’s important not to give your child any over-the-counter medications without first talking with your pediatrician.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 24, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Ear Infection  

child ear infectionYour little one is fussing, crying, and pulling at her ear. You check for a fever, and yes, she is running a mild one. Are these symptoms of an ear infection? At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, your team of pediatricians and their professional staff see many of these common childhood illnesses. Here are details on how they happen and how to treat them.

Otitis media

That's the medical term for a middle ear infection. Typically occurring after a child has the flu or a cold, otitis media symptoms come from fluid build-up between the eustachian tube and the eardrum. Pain comes from the eardrum bulging because the accumulated fluid has no outlet. Also, this infection causes dizziness, problems with hearing, fever, and malaise.

Experts at Harvard Health state that most ear infections--up to 80 percent--resolve on their own without treatment from your Downers Grove and Bolingbrook pediatrician. Simple over-the-counter pediatric ibuprofen or acetaminophen controls pain and fever, and a warm compress to the ear provides much needed comfort.

When to see the pediatrician

If, however, your child's symptoms worsen or do not resolve within three days, call Downers Grove Pediatrics for a sick visit appointment. Your pediatrician will examine your child's ear with a lighted otoscope to visualize the eardrum. He or she also may do a painless tympanogram to note the movement (or lack thereof) of the eardrum.

Based on the findings, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics such as Keflex, Amoxycillin, or Augmentin. Repeated ear infections may require a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist who may recommend ear tube placement to keep the eardrum open and draining fluid.

Healthy ears

Some children seem more prone to otitis media than others. However, to decrease your youngster's chances of developing an ear infection, breastfeed your baby for at least a year to confer powerful passive immunity. Also, avoid cigarette smoke as it seems to stop the production of beneficial mucous and harms the eustachian tube as well.

Contact us

We always welcome questions about your child's health. If you suspect an unresolved ear infection, call the office right away for advice or for a same day appointment as needed. For the Bolingbrook office, phone (630) 759-9230, or for the Downers Grove location, call (630) 852-4551.