Treating Ear Infections in Children
April 25, 2017 § Leave a comment
Dr. Jay Schwartz, a pediatrician and fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics, owns Collin County Pediatrics of Frisco, Texas. In addition to a wide variety of other childhood and adolescent illnesses and conditions, Dr. Jay Schwartz has significant experience treating ear infections.
When doctors diagnose children with ear infections, it means that their middle ear is inflamed, usually due to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. The condition is fairly common in very young children, with more than 80 percent of patients experiencing at least one such infection by the time they turn 3. The condition can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms like pain, trouble balancing, fever, and problems with hearing and sleeping.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases of pediatric ear infections do not require antibiotics. In fact, for many children, ear infections resolve satisfactorily without treatment.
Physicians, therefore, may take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether or not to prescribe antibiotics or pursue other options. In the meantime, parents can administer appropriate over-the-counter treatments or home remedies to alleviate their children’s symptoms.