Children's Ear Infections

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ear infections are very common in children, especially those younger than two years of age, and are a common reason for doctors visits. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens ear infections.

Dr. Hill:

Anyone can get an ear infection, but children get them more often than adults. Most children will have at least one ear infection before they turn three. Children who go to daycare, who use a pacifier, or who are around cigarette smoke are more likely to get ear infections.

Ear infections often happen in children with a cold, sore throat or allergies. These cause the nose and throat to swell and block the tube that drains fluid out of the middle ear.

Fluid backs up behind the eardrum, and germs spread to the middle ear. This can cause ear pain and fever. This type of ear infection is called otitis media.

Symptoms of an ear infection include fever, earache, pulling or rubbing the ear, problems sleeping and fluid coming out of one or both ears.

Many ear infections will get better without antibiotics. If your child does not feel better after two or three days, your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.