Would you recognize the warning signs of an ear infection, especially in your children?
While anyone can develop an ear infection, our Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors often treat young children the most. Middle ear infections tend to be the most common childhood infection that often brings them into our office for treatment. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of an ear infection, particularly in young children, so you can seek immediate care when needed.
Common signs of a middle ear infection in children include,
- Ear pain
- Fullness or pressure in the ear
Of course, while older children can vocalize what they are feeling, babies and toddlers cannot. Newborns and little ones may simply become clingy or fussier. They may also cry whenever you place them down for a nap or to go to sleep. Children with ear infections may wake up throughout the night because of the pain. Children may also pull at the affected ear.
If your child is displaying these symptoms suddenly, your child could have an ear infection and it’s a good idea to call our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologist to determine what steps to take next.
Will an ear infection go away on its own?
In many cases, ear infections will go away without treatment. Of course, it’s still a good idea to visit your ENT doctor, who can provide solutions to help your child manage their pain while the infection clears up. In some cases, antibiotics may be necessary.
If your child is prone to ear infections you may wish to talk with our team about other strategies to lessen the chances for future ear infections, as recurring infections could impact their hearing or cause other complications.
When should I see an otolaryngologist?
It’s a good idea to visit our ENT team if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms,
- A fever of 102 F or higher
- Symptoms that are only getting worse
- Trouble hearing
- Fluid or pus draining from the ear
Of course, if you or your child’s symptoms are severe it’s always a good idea to play it safe and see a doctor. Our team can easily examine the infection and determine whether antibiotics are needed.
West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat provides comprehensive, gentle and caring ear, nose and throat care to patients of all ages living in and around Thousand Oaks, Simi, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. If you or your little one is experiencing symptoms of an ear infection and you want to know whether you should come in for a checkup, call us today. Call our Thousand Oaks, CA, office at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley, CA, office at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard, CA, office at (805) 983-0395, or our Camarillo, CA, office at (805) 484-5929.