What should I do if my baby has an ear infection?
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the ear infection. Children under 6 months are usually given an antibiotic. If your child is over 6 months old and the symptoms are mild, antibiotics may not be needed. Your doctor may also recommend medicines to help with fever or pain.
How long do ear infections last in babies?
Most ear infections go away without the use of antibiotics. Symptoms typically improve after a couple of days, with full recovery after one to two weeks. However, call your doctor if symptoms do not improve after a day or two.
How can I treat my child’s ear infection at home?
What you can do
- Warm compress. Try placing a warm, moist compress over your child’s ear for about 10 to 15 minutes. …
- Acetaminophen. If your baby is older than 6 months, acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help relieve pain and fever. …
- Warm oil. …
- Stay hydrated. …
- Elevate your baby’s head. …
- Homeopathic eardrops.
When should I take my baby to the doctor for an ear infection?
Call your baby’s doctor if you think they might have an ear infection, and:
- They’re younger than 6 months.
- Symptoms don’t go away after 1-2 days.
- They have a fever.
- You can tell their ear pain is severe.
- Your baby stays restless and whiny after getting over a cold or chest infection.
Should baby stay home with ear infection?
Ear infections are not contagious. Your child can safely return to child care or school after the pain and fever subside. However, he should continue taking the antibiotics as prescribed until the pills or liquid are used up.
Can teething cause ear infection?
Earache and ear infections can be commonly mixed up with teething symptoms, but it is not common for teething to cause ear infections for babies.
What happens if a baby’s ear infection goes untreated?
Ear infections need to be treated. If left untreated, they can lead to unnecessary pain and permanent hearing loss for your child. Ear infections usually go away in a few days. Your doctor will likely treat your child’s pain and fever with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or eardrops.
Will ear infection clear on its own?
Duration and Treatment
Many ear infections will resolve on their own and the only needed treatment is medication for discomfort. Roughly 80% of infections will clear up without antibiotics but children under 6 months or patients with severe symptoms generally will require antibiotics.
What does an ear infection look like in a baby?
Signs of Infection
A red, bulging eardrum. Clear, yellow, or greenish fluid behind the eardrum. There may also be some blood. Earwax buildup.
What kills an ear infection?
Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. For ear infections, doctors often prescribe oral antibiotics that you swallow in pill or liquid form. However, eardrops can sometimes be safer and more effective than oral medicines.
How can I help my baby sleep with an ear infection?
Children over the age of two can be encouraged to sleep propped up with pillows. With younger infants, you can give their crib mattress a slight incline by placing a thin pillow or two beneath the mattress itself. Warm compresses can provide some temporary pain relief.
Do babies need antibiotics for an ear infection?
Antibiotics work most of the time to treat ear infections caused by bacteria. But they won’t treat ear infections caused by viruses. No matter what causes the infection, most children 6 months and older won’t need antibiotics. Up to 80 out of 100 ear infections get better on their own, while 20 out of 100 don’t.