04 Sep Children’s Ear Infections – Signs & Symptoms
Children’s ear infections are inflammation of the middle ear that also commonly involves inflammation of the eardrum and a build-up of fluid in the middle ear.
Acute children’s ear infections are due to either a bacterial or viral infection, usually secondary to a children’s upper respiratory tract infection (cold’s, ‘flu or children’s whooping cough). It’s a common complaint in young children from 3 months to 3 years of age.
The first symptom is usually a persistent severe children’s earache as the drum inflames and pressure builds up behind it. Hearing loss may occur along with fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Babies may demonstrate irritability, fussiness or difficulty in children’s sleeping, feeding or poor hearing. In severe cases, the ear drum may painfully rupture where pus drains into the ear canal and may become visible.
Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Ear Infections include:
- ✅ Children’s earache – the fluid in the middle ear may push on the eardrum, causing ear pain. An older child may complain of an earache, but a younger child may tug at the ear or simply act irritable and cry more than usual.
- ✅ Lying down, chewing and sucking can also cause painful pressure changes in the middle ear
- ✅ A child may eat less than the normal amount or have trouble sleeping.
- ✅ If the pressure from the fluid build-up is high enough, it can cause the eardrum to rupture, resulting in drainage of fluid from the ear.
- ✅ Fever
- ✅ Children’s nausea and/or vomiting
- ✅ Decreased hearing
- ✅ Dizziness and irritability