Ear Infections

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Ear infections are common in the pediatric population.  Symptoms of an ear infection could include fever, irritability and decreased appetite.  The fact that your child pulls on their ear does NOT indicate that they have an ear infection.  Most ear infections are caused by bacteria and will respond to antibiotics.  Ear infections only occur after symptoms of nasal congestion.

In children over the age of 2 years without pain or fever, ear infections can be watched for up to 72 hours as they may resolve on their own without antibiotic treatment.

Tylenol or Motrin may be used to control the pain.

Children under the age of 2 are usually treated with antibiotics.  The decision to use antibiotics is individual to each child and needs to be discussed with your pediatrician.