Symptoms & Causes
Your child might have an infection if they are suffering an earache, difficulty or muffled hearing, high temperature or a liquid/puss draining from the ear. It’s important to schedule an appointment immediately if your child is suffering severely from these symptoms. This condition is usually caused by a build-up of liquid in the ear because of an inflamed drainage tube./p>
Diagnosis & Treatment
One of several different options may be recommended depending on the severity of your child’s pain and progression of the infection. Mild cases can heal on their own without the need for a treatment solution such as antibiotics. The use of a warm compress and gargling with salt water are other low-cost remedies might be considered. Conversely an over-the-counter ear-drop pain reliever or a prescription for antibiotic drops or medication may be considered.
The best treatment is prevention. The cause of ear infections can be bacterial or viral infections so try to avoid germs as much as possible. Wash your child’s hands frequently, and keep their immune system healthy.