Ear infection became very common now-a-days in babies, now it’s time to learn a bit more about this common childhood ailment. Here’s what I found out:
Next to common cold, ear infections are the most common disorder in babies, the prime time for ear infection in babies is 6 months to 24 months.
Why ear infection caused- For a quick explanation, ear infection is caused when fluid gets trapped in the middle ear and became infected by bacteria and virus. This is most likely happens when Eustachian tube becomes blocked, Eustachian tube is that narrow passageway that connects the throat to the middle ear. This is basically caused due to swelling or congestion from cold, and also from allergies. Because infants don’t have any language to let you know, how they are feeling. Detecting ear infection in infants is very difficult. Generally a fever 102 degree F is one of the symptoms of non-verbal baby. Ear infection is painful, so your child’s tears or increased irritability may be the symptoms. Other indicator may be vomiting, difficulty sleeping, and diarrhea. And you may notice that your child is not listing your voice and not responding to you is also a sign of ear infection in infants.
Are Antibiotics Needed for Ear Infections? As per latest thinking it is not mandatory in the beginning to give antibiotics for ear infection. Wait and watch approach is sometime good for ear infection.
Can be prevented byfollowing ways:
Child vaccinated- A vaccination that protect from pneumococcal bacteria, that caused ear infection and other diseases.
Breastfeed- Breastfeeding child make antibodies against virus and bacteria that helps to prevent child from ear infection.
Don’t smoke near baby- Tiny particles of smoke can cause ear infection, so one should avoid smoke near baby to prevent from ear infection.
Take precautions against allergies- Be protective by removing as many allergies items from your home like pets, keep the room clean and dust free, and where baby spend most of his time.
Don’t let your child feed while he/she is lying-
When your child is drinking, his head should be higher than his stomach so that liquid can’t flow from the Eustachian tube into the middle ear.
The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgement available to the authors, and readers.