Ear infection - What You Should Know!
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
There is a good chance of developing middle ear infection early in your baby's life (6 months to 3 years of age) due to weakened immunity. Ear infections are common in cold and flu season of winter. It usually occurs as a symptom of common cold or severe throat infection.
Crowded day care
Self feeding (with bottle) on back
Signs and symptoms:
Crying (due to ear pain)
Ear tugging or pulling
Reduced activity and irritability
Reduced appetite or difficulty eating (due to ear pain during sucking or swallowing)
Hearing loss (persistent infection)
Blood tinged yellow fluid or pus draining from infected ear.
Pain releaving drops.
Antibiotics (if symptoms persist)
Tymphanostomy or ventilating tubes (in case of recurrent ear infection)
Breastfeeding upto 6 months.
While bottle feeding, hold the baby's head above stomach to avoid formula entering the ear.
Vaccinating your baby promptly reduces the incidence of cold and other infections.
Avoid crowded day care.
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found a reduction in secondhand smoke in American homes was associated with fewer cases of otitis media or middle ear infection (WebMD News - Jan 28, 2011).