Find out the common warning signs and when to see our pediatrician for care.
While it’s certainly easy to be able to tell when your child has a rash or a fever, it isn’t always as easy to be able to discern whether or not your child is dealing with an ear infection. While older children can communicate that they are in pain, infants and toddlers cannot. Read below to learn which warning signs could mean that your child has an ear infection and how our pediatricians in San Francisco and Mill Valley can treat the problem.
Warning Signs of a Childhood Ear Infection
If your child is unable to tell you that their ear hurts, you may want to look out for these classic warning signs that your child has an ear infection,
- Pulling or tugging at the ear
- Drainage coming from the ear
- Fussiness or irritability
- Trouble sleeping or crying/fussiness when lying down
- Difficulty hearing
- Lack of appetite
So, your child is displaying some of these signs of an ear infection. Now what? Do you call one of our office in San Francisco or Mill Valley, or do you wait it out? Well, if your child is over the age of 6 months and their symptoms seem pretty minor, chances are good that you can try some home remedies and manage symptoms on your own at first. However, if the symptoms don’t seem to respond to at-home care, then it’s a good idea to get your child evaluated by a medical professional.
How are ear infections treated?
Most of the time ear infections will go away on their own without antibiotics. However, sometimes antibiotics are necessary if there is a fever present or if symptoms are serious enough. Amoxicillin is often the first type of antibiotic prescribed, but if symptoms don't clear up within 2-3 days, then your pediatrician may switch to a stronger antibiotic.
You should seek immediate treatment if:
- Your child has severe pain and they are under 6 months old
- Your baby under 2 years old is dealing with severe ear pain
- Your child over 2 years old has a fever of 102.2 Fahrenheit
If you suspect that your little one has an ear infection, it’s best to play it safe and give one of our pediatric offices a call. Turn to Town and Country Pediatrics for the personalized care your little one deserves. For the San Francisco office, dial (415) 666-1860, and for Mill Valley, dial (415) 383-0918.