Ear infections are one of the most common childhood health issues, but the good news is that they’re often easily treatable. At Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey, Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, can help your child feel like themselves again as soon as possible. Same-day appointments are available, so use the online appointment scheduler or call the office to treat your child’s ear infection now.
If your child is old enough to verbalize their feelings clearly, they'll likely complain of ear pain, itching, or burning. Your child may also say that their ear feels hot. If your child's still too young to tell you that they're having ear problems, you can often recognize ear infections by their behavior. Some things to watch for include:
If your child has an ear infection, they may also have a fever of 100 F or higher. Most children who have an ear infection have at least a couple of the above symptoms. If your child has these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler as soon as possible so your child can get fast relief.
Ear infections typically occur when bacteria or viruses get into the eustachian tube that bridges the nose and middle ear. In many cases, the bacteria or virus gets into your child's body when they have a cold or respiratory infection. As your child recovers from any cold or upper respiratory infection, monitor them closely for signs of ear infection.
Treatment depends on your child's symptoms. Sometimes, particularly in cases where the ear pain is less than 48 hours old and the temperature is low, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may recommend a "wait and see" approach for a few days.
If your child's not feeling better within a few days of over-the-counter children's pain relievers and warm compresses, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may prescribe antibiotics. Usually, children take antibiotics for 10 days, along with over-the-counter children's pain relievers as needed.
Most children begin feeling much better after a few days of treatment. If your child's ear infections grow chronic, they may eventually need a procedure to drain their ears of fluid.
Your child doesn't have to struggle with ear pain and other ear infection symptoms. Schedule an appointment at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness by phone or using the online tool for help now. Same day appointments are available.