Baby Ear Infection No Fever – Do You Need Antibiotics?
A baby ear infection can be one of the worst ailments a young child can endure. But, because an infant ear infection can difficult to detect, you will need to observe them closely. They will often display symptoms like, a high fever, diarrhea and dehydration. They may also be very irritable and seek earache relief by constantly pulling and tugging on them. These tell-tale signs should lead you directly to a medical professional.
But what happens if your baby does not have a fever? A high fever is an indication of major infection, but that doesn’t mean the danger is less because your child’s temperature is stable. To be safe, you must see your pediatrician.
Your doctor will determine what type of ear infection your baby has. An outer ear infection, for example, is less common in small children and infants. It tends to affect those who are exposed to water on a consistent basis, like swimmers, which is why it is also known as swimmer’s ear. The condition develops when water becomes trapped in the ear canal and cannot escape. A baby ear infection is almost always related to the Eustachian tubes and their inability to drain properly; this occurs in the middle ear, causing an middle ear infection.
Because a baby ear infection can occur frequently, your child may suffer recurring problems. Correct diagnosis is critical. Antibiotics for ear infections are often recommended, but they do not work on virus-based illnesses. Still, doctors agree that a baby ear infection should be treated with Amoxicillin or other antibiotic if they are under the age of six months.
Your doctor will recommend warm compresses over the ears, Children’s Tylenol or Motrin and if necessary, prescribe drops for the ears to help with the pain. Never give your child aspirin. If a fever is not present and your child is over the age of two, chances are you will not be given a prescription for antibiotics.
Now you understand how important it is to watch your children and observe their behavior. Infants have a way of communicating with us that is essential to their well-being and overall health. Pick up on the silent cues and be sure to have a plan if your baby ever exhibits the symptoms of an ear infection.
Please refer to our other articles to learn more about different types of ear infections.