Children Ear Infection Causes
If your child frequently pulls, scratches, or hits their ears, it may a sign they are feeling the pressure caused by an infection or fluid build-up in the ears.
Other signs of children ear infections include:
- Unsteadiness while crawling sitting up or walking
- Discharge from the ears
- Hearing problems may be another telltale sign
What Happens in Children Ear Infection?
In most children, ear infections typically occur when fluid is trapped in the middle ear (the part located behind the eardrum) and is infected by germs. It may also occur in the outer ear canal when small objects as well as infected water and debris (from swimming in dirty water, for example) get trapped in there, or when you clean your baby’s ear canal too aggressively.
An untreated infection can affect a baby’s hearing development, which is why it is important to get it treated promptly. If your little one has a severe ear infection, or is not getting better and has a high fever, your medical provider may prescribe antibiotics.
One “DON’T” and One “DO” for Little Ears
Refrain from “cleaning out” your little one’s ears with cotton swabs or picks – it’s not necessary as they’re naturally self-cleaning, and doing so could push debris and wax further in.
If water gets into your baby’s ear, turn them on their side and lightly massage the front of the ear so that the water flows out of the ear canal.
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