When your baby complains about discomfort in their ears, your first thought would be tinnitus or wax clogging. Something like this can easily dealt with antibiotics or another type of medicine. However, what your child is feeling could be more severe. Some of the signs of an ear infection can range with…
- Your baby pulls, grabs, or tugs at his/her ears in pain.
- Diarrhea or Vomiting
- Reduced Appetite
- Yellow or Whitish Fluid Draining from the Ear
- Unpleasant Smell
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Popping, Ringing, or Feeling Pressure
Most of the causes of these infections are bacteria and viruses. It happens when fluid builds up in the area behind your baby's eardrum and the Eustachian tube. Germs tend to grow in dark, warm, wet places, so a fluid-filled middle ear is the perfect breeding ground. But what are the best ways to prevent these infections from spreading in your ear? Here’s a couple different ways you can help your baby.
- Breastfeed for Six Months
- Washing Hands Thoroughly
- Don't smoke, and steer clear of secondhand smoke
- Have your child vaccinated
- Avoid large daycare settings if possible
- Don't let your child drink from a bottle or sippy cup while she's lying flat.Now, some infections are not to severe. Some of them can easily be cured through naturally causes that can take just a couple of days. But if there’s no sign of healing, please take your baby to a pediatric and seek professional medical guidance. A severe or untreated infection can rupture your child's eardrum and eventually could cause permanent hearing loss.