Ear infections in babies are very common and often follow a cold. While they can be painful for your child and cause you concern, most ear infections go away on their own, and those that linger are easy to treat.
What is an ear infection?
An ear infection in kids is an inflammation of the middle ear that is typically caused by bacteria or a virus. Otitis media is the most common type of ear infection and occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Parts of the middle ear become swollen, and the pus or infected fluid pushes on the eardrum, causing symptoms that can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty hearing
Can You Treat a Baby Ear Infection at Home?
There are measures you can take to help treat an ear infection at home. Most ear infection home remedies don’t necessarily treat the infection itself; rather, they help provide pain relief.
Since most pediatric ear infections can clear up on their own, many doctors use a “wait-and-see” approach. They may wait for a few days to see if the ear infections get better before prescribing an antibiotic. A professional otolaryngologist may recommend ear tube surgery if your child’s ear infections are persistent or chronic.
Schedule an Appointment with a Pediatric Otolaryngologist in Birmingham
If your child gets frequent ear infections, persistent fluid buildup behind the eardrum, or is experiencing other chronic ear problems, ear tubes are often recommended. Ear tube surgery opens the space between the outer and middle ear and allows any excess fluid to drain out. Talk to your doctor about whether ear tubes are right for your child.
The board-certified pediatricians and otolaryngologists at Pediatric ENT Associates at Children’s of Alabama have many years of experience treating infant and child ear infections with ear tubes.
If your child has been suffering from chronic ear infections or is exhibiting symptoms of hearing loss, the leading specialists at Pediatric ENT Associates at Children’s of Alabama can diagnose the problem and prescribe the best treatment. To make an appointment for your child, call (205) 831-0101 or fill out our online contact form.