How are ear infections treated in babies?
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the ear infection. Children under 6 months are usually given an antibiotic. If your child is over 6 months old and the symptoms are mild, antibiotics may not be needed. Your doctor may also recommend medicines to help with fever or pain.
When should I take my baby to the doctor for an ear infection?
Call your baby’s doctor if you think they might have an ear infection, and:
- They’re younger than 6 months.
- Symptoms don’t go away after 1-2 days.
- They have a fever.
- You can tell their ear pain is severe.
- Your baby stays restless and whiny after getting over a cold or chest infection.
How do you check a baby’s ears?
When checking the ear of a child older than 12 months or an adult, hold the otoscope in one hand and use your free hand to pull the outer ear gently up and back. This straightens the ear canal and improves visualization. In babies younger than 12 months, gently pull the outer ear down and back.
Can a baby have ear infection without fever?
Fever may come with an ear infection, but not always, Shu says. Parents might spot other symptoms, such as earaches, ear drainage, trouble hearing or sleeping, ear tugging, poor appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. But “for many children, it’s just fussiness, crying more than usual, being clingy,” Shu says.
When should I take my child to the ER for Earache?
Take your child to the emergency room if your child develops:
- Severe pain in an ear, whether or not your child has a fever.
- Loss of hearing or trouble hearing in one or both ears.
- Pus or discharge from an ear, especially if the pus is thick, yellow, bloody, or foul-smelling.
Should I take my baby to the ER for an ear infection?
If your child does not have insurance, is under the 6 months, and has symptoms that need to be evaluated by a doctor right away, head to the nearest ER. Legally your child cannot be turned away regardless of your ability to pay. A child needs to be seen by a doctor immediately if she: Has a high fever.
Can teething cause ear infection?
Earache and ear infections can be commonly mixed up with teething symptoms, but it is not common for teething to cause ear infections for babies.
How do I know if my baby has hearing problems?
Signs of hearing loss in your baby can include: Not being startled by loud sounds. Not turning toward a sound after he’s 6 months old. Not saying single words like “mama” or “dada” by the time he’s 1 year old.
How can I test my baby’s hearing at home?
Sit your newborn someplace where you can clap your hands behind his head. A loud clap coming outside of the infant’s view should startle him. If he reacts with a small jump or cry when you clap, his hearing is fine. Repeat the test a few times if necessary.