Treating My Child's Ear Infection
By Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy
April 07, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Ear Infection  
Not sure the best way to handle your little one’s ear infection? Find out now!
It can be tough to know when your child needs to see a physician or when their symptoms can be treated from the comfort of your own Ear Infectionshome. Take the guesswork out of caring for your sick child by learning when to come into our office, when to see your primary care physician and what issues can be handled with at-home care.  As your child's pediatric ent in Orlando Fl  we are here to help!

Not all ear problems are infections

It’s important to know that not all ear pain or clogged ears are due to an infection. Sure, sometimes these symptoms do come about as a result of congestion or viral infections such as a cold, but this isn’t always the case. In some instances, a child’s earache may be due to teething, dental problems, pressure in the ears or sometimes even a sore throat referred to the ear. 
The answer isn’t always antibiotics
Many ear infections can actually go away by themselves. In fact, if the symptoms are due to temporary fluid or pressure in the ears the symptoms will start to dissipate in a few days and usually resolve within a week. If your child’s ear pain and congestion aren’t going away or getting better it’s important to see your primary care physician to diagnose the problem.  Your child's physician will determine if you should see an ENT doctor for children. Of course we are happy to see our patients with these concerns as well, but it is a good idea to involve your physician if you are unsure if your child needs a pediatric ENT. 
So, how do you know when your child is dealing with an ear infection?
If ear pain or a fever shows up suddenly when the child is already congested this is more suggestive of a bacterial ear infection.   With a common cold the child may develop ear pain more slowly  if the pain is due to pressure or fluid in the ears.  There can also be muffling of the child's hearing temporarily with fluid or pressure. These symptoms should  go away within a week or so as the cold resolves and if they don't the child should definitely have their ears examined. 

Concerned about your child’s ear pain, continued congestion or hearing? Want to play it safe! It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your child’s health. At Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Orlando Fl our team is here to help!  We work closely with your child's physician to make your little one feel better and specialize in determining the best course of action for ear problems that are not responding to typical treatment.