Ear infections occur when bacteria or viruses infect the middle ear, which is the space behind the eardrum. In children, it is most common for ages 5 and under. It is important to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pediatric ear infections, especially because these aspects can differ from adult ear infections.

Pediatric Ear Infection Causes

Ear infections in children are often develop from a cold, the flu, or other respiratory infection. The Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the throat, can experience fluid buildup. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria and viruses to breed, leading to ear infections.

To prevent pediatric ear infections, it is best to try to prevent respiratory infections. This can be accomplished with practicing good hygiene and making sure your child get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). However, there is no guaranteed way to prevent them 100% of the time. So, next are some effective treatment options for pediatric ear infections that NJ ENT offers.

Pediatric Ear Infection Symptoms

Ear infection symptoms in children differ slightly from adults, especially when the child is too young to vocalize their discomfort and pain. It is important to monitor your child’s symptoms to support them and their physical health. Here are common symptoms for ear infections in children:

  • Ear pain
  • Pulling/Tugging at the ear
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Fever
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Change in mood, specifically irritability

Pediatric Ear Infection Treatments

Treatment options vary depending on the child’s age and the severity of the ear infection. Sometimes, the infection resolves itself without the need for antibiotics. However, this is not always the case, so it is important to see your doctor if your child is exhibiting symptoms of an ear infection. At the appointment, the doctor will inspect your child’s ear to confirm the presence of an ear infection, or if there is a different ear issue present. After confirmation, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections or if your child is experience severe pain or a high fever.

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