Ear infections can be extremely painful, and children find them distressing, especially babies and toddlers who can’t tell you what’s wrong. If your child is in pain with a suspected ear infection, expert pediatric care as provided by Jose Fragoso, MD, is key to alleviating the pain and curing the infection. Dr. Fragoso has over 30 years of experience in treating childhood ailments, and you can be sure of a swift and accurate diagnosis and the most effective care at Dr. Fragoso’s Union City Pediatrics clinic in Union City, New Jersey. Call today, or book an appointment online.
Ear infections usually develop when your child has a cold or other viral infection, or because of bacterial growth in the middle ear. The pain is due to one of two causes, either inflammation in the middle ear and fluid buildup behind the eardrum, or swelling in the eustachian tubes that form a connection between the middle ear and the back of the nose.
Children suffer from ear infections more frequently than adults due to the smaller size of their inner ears, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter and develop and for fluid to build up. Additionally, children’s immune systems aren’t as robust as an adult’s, so they’re less able to fight off the infection.
Pain is the main symptom, but other signs may be present, such as:
Children who are old enough to talk can tell you their ear is hurting, but it can be hard to spot an ear infection in younger children. Your child may repeatedly tug at their ear or rub their head, but unless they show signs of discomfort, this behavior could simply be due to natural exploration or a form of self-soothing.
A straightforward ear infection doesn’t normally require treatment and clears up on its own, so your child may not need anything more than care and attention and over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain. If the pain medication isn’t helping, Dr. Fragoso can prescribe numbing drops and recommend alternative pain-relieving medicine.
In some cases, an ear infection is more serious; so if your child’s symptoms are severe or you have a young child under two years old, it’s best to have Dr. Fragoso take a look at them.
You can help avoid the chances of your child developing an ear infection in several ways:
Reducing the risk of your child contracting an ear infection is the best way to help them avoid this painful condition, but if they should develop an earache or you suspect your baby is in pain, call Union City Pediatrics for advice, or make an appointment online.