Five out of six children experience at least one ear infection by their third birthday. The team at Cool Kidz Pediatrics, led by Ananth Pillai, MD, and Lilivette Rolland, MD, in Tampa, Florida, diagnoses and treats ear infections in infants, children, and teenagers. If your child is showing signs of an ear infection, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.
An ear infection happens when a virus or bacteria infects the middle ear, which is the air-filled space behind the eardrum. The infection causes the middle ear to fill with pus. This puts pressure on the eardrum and causes pain.
People of all ages get ear infections, but they’re more common in children than adults. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason parents take their child to the doctor.
Ear pain is the primary symptom of an ear infection. An older child may complain of ear pain, while an infant or toddler may just tug at the ear or cry more than usual. Other signs of an ear infection in children include:
Signs and symptoms of an ear infection usually come on suddenly. You should call Cool Kidz Pediatrics right away if you notice signs of an ear infection in an infant younger than six months. For children older than six months, call your doctor if symptoms last longer than one day.
Bacteria or viruses can enter the middle ear and cause an infection. This often results from another illness, such as a cold or allergy that causes swelling and congestion in the nasal passages.
Children are more likely to get ear infections between the ages of six months and two years because of the size and shape of their ear tubes as well as the fact that their immune systems are still developing.
The team at Cool Kidz Pediatrics can diagnose an ear infection by examining your child’s ears, throat, and nasal passages. Then, they recommend the best course of treatment based on the type and severity of your child’s ear infection.
Most ear infections clear up on their own without the use of antibiotics. Your provider may prescribe medication for pain relief and recommend waiting a few days to see if the infection gets better. If the infection worsens, or if your child suffers from recurrent ear infections, antibiotics may be necessary.
For expert care of children’s ear infections, call Cool Kidz Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.