You see your child pulling at his/her ear and he/she doesn’t seem to be responding to sounds. These signs are a couple of the symptoms of an ear infection, a condition that is common in young children.
Timely Treatment for Ear Infections
If you suspect your child might have an ear infection, bring him in to our clinic Falls Avenue Immediate Care. Our friendly, welcoming medical team can quickly evaluate your child so you can start treatment to get your little one feeling better fast.
What is an Ear Infection?
An ear infection – or acute otitis media – can occur when the middle ear becomes inflamed from a viral infection or allergies and causes fluid to build up behind the ear drum. This fluid buildup can also be caused from swelling in the Eustachian tubes, tubes found in the middle ear, or surrounding tissues. Over time the fluid can become infected by bacteria.
The Role of Eustachian Tubes
The Eustachian tubes go from each middle ear to high in the back of your throat, where they can open and close to regulate air pressure and drain fluid in the ears.
Children are more susceptible to ear infections because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal, making it more difficult for the tubes to drain.
Symptoms of Ear Infections
An ear infection may be present without any apparent symptoms. Or, your child may exhibit a range of these:
Ear pain, which can be worse when lying down.
Tugs or pulls at ear.
Cries more than usual.
Fails to respond to sounds.
Is unusually irritable.
Has a fever.
Has drainage from the ear.
Has a headache.