LittlePeopleLogo     Ear Infection

An ear infection is a bacterial infection in the space behind the eardrum. It usually is a complication of a cold. Ear infections are painful. Your child may also be irritable and unable to sleep well. Most children will have at least one ear infection, and over one quarter will have repeated ear infections. In a few children, the pressure in the middle ear causes the eardrum to break open and drain. This small tear usually heals over the next week.

Home Treatment

1. Antibiotics

Antibiotics have been prescribed for your child. Give as directed. Eventhough your child will feel better in a few days, give the antibiotic until it is all gone.

2. Fever and pain relief

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to help with the earache or fever.

3. Restrictions

Your child can go outside and does not need to cover the ears. Swimming is OK as long as there is no perforation (tear) in the eardrum or drainage from the ear.

CALL YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY IF:

Your child develops a stiff neck.

CALL YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN DURING OFFICE HOURS IF:

The fever or pain is not gone after your child has taken the antibiotic for 48 hours.

You have other questions or concerns.