Ear infections are fairly common in young children. What signs should you be on the lookout for?
You want to make sure your child is as healthy as possible and no parent wants to see their child sick. Of course, it’s only natural that this will happen at some point during their lifetime. In fact, ear infections often happen at least once during childhood. Our San Francisco pediatricians are here to let you know what symptoms could be warning you that your child has an ear infection.
The fact remains: Children under three years old are prone to ear infections. For one, their immune systems aren’t strong enough to fight away certain germs. Plus, the internal structures of the ears haven’t fully developed yet, meaning that it’s easier for ears to collect fluid rather than drain properly. While some children may also develop a fever, this isn’t necessarily a symptom that happens to every child with an ear infection.
Of course, you should be on the lookout for these other symptoms associated with an ear infection:
- Ear drainage or pus
- Difficulty hearing or understanding
- Irritability or fussiness
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
If your child is displaying any of these symptoms or has developed a fever, it’s particularly important that you visit one of our San Francisco children’s doctors right away for treatment.
In some cases, particularly with older children, your child’s doctors may recommend monitoring the condition and may not prescribe medication right away since many ear infections will go away on their own. This is often what happens if a child only has a minor ear infection. If the child’s symptoms haven’t improved in about 48 to 72 hours then this is usually the time that parents and pediatricians decide that a round of antibiotics would be best for nixing that nasty ear infection.
When your child has an ear infection you want to find convenient care right away. Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates offers two convenient locations in San Francisco and Mill Valley, CA, so your children can get the medical attention they need whenever they need it. Call us today!