Occasionally, children with colds, allergy or congestion may develop an earache, especially during the first five years of life.
Symptoms of ear infection in younger infants (who cannot complain of ear pain) may be limited to fever, fussiness, poor feeding or fluid draining from the ear.
If your child has an ear infection, we may prescribe an antibiotic to kill the bacteria that cause the infection. Be sure to give your child the complete course of the antibiotic even if symptoms go away within a few days. Tylenol or Motrin (not aspirin) can be used to ease any ear pain.
Make sure to bring your child for follow up after your child finishes the antibiotic, even after the pain and fever have gone, fluid can remain behind the ear drums which can lead to more infections or future hearing problems.