Notice the telltale signs that your little one might be dealing with an ear infection.
We hate to see our children sick; unfortunately, children under three years old are particularly prone to developing ear infections. If this is your child’s first ear infection then you may not be able to recognize the symptoms. This is where our Oak Lawn, IL, pediatrician, Dr. Ayman Rawda, comes in.
What causes ear infections?
There is one major culprit that causes ear infections: the common cold. When your child comes down with a cold the fluids can sometimes get stuck in the middle ear, which can irritate the eardrum. Since the immune systems of children under 3 are still developing this often means that they don’t have the antibodies necessary to fight of this infection. This means that it’s inevitable that many young children will deal with an ear infection at some point.
What are the symptoms?
It isn’t always easy to tell whether your child isn’t feeling well or what’s going on, particularly if your child is too young to tell you. Of course, there are some warning signs to be on the lookout for. You may notice that your child is irritable and fussier than usual. They may be upset more easily or cling to you. They may also have trouble sleeping. You may also notice them tugging or pulling at the ear.
On top of these common signs they may also have a loss of appetite, upset stomach, diarrhea, fever or vomiting. If you notice any of these signs then it’s a good idea to bring them in to see our Oak Lawn children’s doctor to make sure the infection doesn’t get worse or spread to other areas of the body.
How are ear infections treated?
How the infection is handled will really depend on the severity and cause of the infection, as well as your child’s age. In some instances, children between 6 months and 2 years may be prescribed a round of antibiotics while in other situations we may just continue to monitor their condition before deciding whether or not to prescribe medication.
In children over the age of 2 we may also not prescribe medication right away and take a “wait and see” approach, since some of these infections may clear up on their own.
Never hesitate to reach out to our Oak Lawn, IL pediatric office if there are any issues. It’s better to play it safe when it comes to your child’s health. No matter whether you want to talk to us about getting an annual flu shot for your little one scheduling their next sports physical, call Pediatrics on Demand today.