Franklin Park Pediatrics Pediatrician Toledo Ohio
Pediatricians in Toledo, Ohio

COMMON CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES AND CONDITIONS


OTITIS MEDIA (MIDDLE EAR INFECTIONS)

Middle ear infections are normal and rarely serious, but quite painful for children. They're caused by either a bacterial or viral infection behind the ear­drum and are the most common complication of a cold. Most bacterial ear infec­tions respond well to antibiotics within 36-48 hours of starting them. However, some children may require a second course of antibiotics before the infection is completely gone. Viral ear infections will resolve on their own. Some temporary hearing loss may also be evident.

SPECIAL NOTES:

(1) Some kids play with their ears when they teethe. It's always better to have possible ear infections checked. This is never a waste of time. (2) Ear infec­tions are not caused by water, shampoo in the ears, or not wearing hat in the wind.
Symptoms of earaches might include any combination of the following:

  • Complaints by the child
  • Inconsolable crying during the night followed by daytime crankiness
  • Fever
  • General cold symptoms
  • Decreased sucking in infants

Children with earaches should be seen by their doctor. Please call during office hours to make an appointment.

HOME CARE UNTIL YOU SEE THE DOCTOR:

  • Give acetaminophen/ibuprofen in recommended doses for pain
  • Put an ice bag or wet washcloth over the painful ear. Although some children are relieved using a hot water bottle like this, most find greater relief with cold.
  • Avoid putting anything in the ear unless directed otherwise by the doctor

CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF:

  • The pain is extreme despite appropriate use of medication. (Please remember that you need to allow antibiotics 48 hours to work).
  • The neck is stiff
  • The earache follows injury to the ear
  • Your child is acting very sick
  • You notice pus or a bloody discharge
  • Your child experiences extreme pain and tenderness behind the ear

 

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2000 Regency Court
Suite 103
Toledo, Ohio 43623
419-475-5433
www.franklinparkpediatrics.com
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