Ear infections are a common medical problem in children. Bacteria can infiltrate the ear canal, causing unpleasant and painful symptoms. Your ear, nose, and throat specialist, also known as an ENT specialist, can help your child feel better.
Children are much more prone to ear infections because the structures of the ear are often not fully developed like those of an adult. The Eustachian tubes are narrow and can plug up with bacteria and debris, causing inflammation and infection.
When your child has an ear infection, you may notice that your child:
- Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher
- Experiences ear pain when your child lies down
- Is pulling and tugging at an ear
- Is draining fluid from an ear
- Has hearing difficulties
- Has loss of balance
- Is experiencing appetite loss
- Has frequent headaches
- Is crying frequently
- Has difficulty getting to sleep
You can help your child get relief from an ear infection by trying a few simple home remedies like these:
- Covering the infected ear with a warm, moist washcloth
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication like Children’s Tylenol
An ear infection will probably not go away without professional treatment. Your ENT specialist has several treatment options, including:
- Prescription-strength antibiotic medication to kill the bacteria causing the infection
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain
- Placing tubes in your child’s ears to help them drain more efficiently and prevent future ear infections
In a child’s world, bacteria is everywhere, so to help prevent ear infections, make sure your child washes his or her hands thoroughly and frequently to prevent bacterial spread. Try to limit your child’s exposure to others who are sick.
When your child has an ear infection, you want the best care possible, and that’s an ear, nose, and throat specialist. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ear infections, call your ENT specialist today.