Ear infection is an allergy caused by bacteria infection. It can also be referred to an inflammation of the middle ear and if carefully observed, you will see mucus dripping out your baby’s ear. If not treated on-time it will result to a ruptured ear drum. Ear infection is one common illness in infants between ages 0 – 3 years. Infection of the ear in children induces pain which results to fever and if not paid attention to, it gradually ruptures the child’s ear drum thereby reducing the baby’s ability of a child to hear properly. Read On
Does your baby cry more often than usual? If you have observed your baby’s unusual fussiness, then something is wrong or when you lye your baby on one side after a few minutes you notice some discomfort but when you change the position to the other side the baby is calm; it means the ear facing down may have pulse filled inside that needs to be drained and treated quickly to avoid further damage. Ear infection comes with severe pain in adults (It’s not a pleasant experience) much less an infant and you know an infant cannot tell you where he or she is hurting.
There are several signs to tell your baby may have an ear infection. Take for example, when your baby is lying down with his or her side with the infected ear facing up, you will notice some sort of discomfort and pain because the pressure is on the "Eustachian Tubes" but that is not all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends consult a doctor if your baby shows any of the below signs: Below are other signs something may be wrong.
Signs Your Baby Has an Ear Infection
- Tugging or batting at the ear
- Irritability – Making the baby unwilling to lye down flat
- Pain – Baby cry often
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite – your baby may find it difficult to swallow food
- Fever – Between 101 to 104º F (At this point consult a doctor)
- Pus dripping from ear – white, yellowish fluid or blood dripping from the ear with a filthy smell
When you notice the above signs as listed above do not waist time, ensure you take your baby to see an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor for immediate and adequate treatment.
Home Remedy/First Aid
- Water: Give your child enough water help open the Eustachian tube so the trapped fluid can drain.
- Olive Oil and Sesame Oil: A drop of “slightly warm” olive oil or sesame oil in the affected ear may help relieve inflammation and pain until morning.
Preventing Ear Infection
- Vaccinate your child at the appropriate time
- Proper Bottle Position helps reduce risk of infection in infant
- After feeding, slightly raise your baby’s crib at the head to improve your baby’s sinus drainage. Place a pillow or two under the mattress but not place pillows directly under your baby’s head.
- After feeding/breastfeeding your baby, please wait for a while for the baby to belch by burping the baby at intervals (in between meals and after meals).
Conclusion: Infection of The Ear in Babies between Ages 0-3 years
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