Ear infections can cause earaches and other symptoms that leave your child feeling uncomfortable. It is important to see a pediatrician if your child has symptoms of an ear infection. Left untreated, an ear infection could result in fluid remaining trapped in the ear and possible hearing loss. The providers at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX are experienced in providing pediatric care for over 25 years. We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
A wide range of symptoms can develop as a result of an ear infection. Younger children might not be able to clearly articulate their symptoms, so it is important that parents and caregivers are able to recognize the signs of a possible ear infection. Symptoms of ear infections in kids can include:
- Earaches or pain
- Pulling on or rubbing the ear
- Fluid draining from the ear
- Difficulty hearing sounds
- Balance problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
Treating Ear Infections in Children
There are several things you can do at home to deal with an ear infection and help your child feel more comfortable until you are able to see the pediatrician at our Kaufman, TX office. Over-the-counter ear drops and oral pain relievers can help minimize discomfort. Oral pain relief medications are also beneficial for reducing fever if your child has one. Another thing you can do is apply a warm compress to the ear to reduce pain and discomfort.
Several methods are available for treating ear infections in children. The best treatment option for your child will depend partly on the type and severity of the infection. Treatment could include:
- Oral antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Ear drops to alleviate pain and block the growth of bacteria
- Ear tubes for improving ventilation and preventing fluid build up (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)
- A myringotomy procedure to drain fluids from behind the eardrum (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)
If your child has symptoms of an ear infection, it is best to see a doctor right away. Treating the infection promptly helps prevent it from getting worse, as well as alleviate any pain or discomfort your child is experiencing. To see a pediatrician in Kaufman, TX, schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric providers at Children’s Medical Clinics by (972) 932-1319. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.