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Not sure what to do if your child has an ear infection? Most likely, neither are a lot of other parents. Dealing with your child’s first illnesses can be stressful and confusing, and you’re probably worried about doing something wrong and making it worse.
Luckily, you can learn how to cope with your baby’s first ear infection in a way that helps both your baby and you relax and enjoy life. Here are some tips on what to do:
This sounds simple, but since a baby can’t tell you what’s wrong, figuring out what they are experiencing can be challenging. How can you tell if it’s an ear infection?
Most occur because of colds, so if you’re seeing signs that mucous has become yellow or green (rather than clear), Parenting.com says you might have an ear infection on your hands. Same with a cold-and-eye-drainage combo. Furthermore, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) lists the following symptoms as signs of an ear infection:
You need to know if your child has an ear infection or something more serious. Ear infections can also require antibiotics, so even if you know what it is, you may still need a doctor to prescribe medication.
According to the NIDCD, the following steps can reduce your baby’s risk of developing ear infections in the future:
Ear infections are often connected to conditions such as colds that affect other areas of the body as well, including the throat and nasal passages. If your baby is experiencing issues with their sinuses or problems with an allergy, we can give your baby the care they need.
Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in treating nasal and sinus conditions and providing allergy care. Our practice is committed to helping you find long term relief from your symptoms. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified ENT – Head and Neck Surgeon with extensive training & experience in diseases of the ears, nose & throat.
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