How Can You Tell Whether Your Baby Has An Ear Infection? Check Out This List Of Symptoms.

How can you tell whether your baby has an ear infection? Check out this list of symptoms.

How do you know whether your baby has an ear infection?

My son, who just turned four, has never had a single ear infection. I find it hard to believe! Don't all kids get at least one ear infection? My daughter has had only one, and when that happened, I didn't know it. She was ill from another issue - completely unrelated - but when she began running a fever that we couldn't bring down and was overall more miserable that she had been, I took her to the pediatrician's office. She ended up being admitted to the hospital, but only because the other illness she was fighting made it impossible for her body to fight the ear infection as well. Fortunately, we've never had to deal with another ear infection. However, I was recently talking with a friend about ear infections in babies and thought I'd look up some info. In her book Superbaby, Dr. Jenn Berman includes a small section on ear infections because the fluid following an ear infection can remain in a baby's ears for 14 - 30 days after the infection has passed. "Long term fluid in the ears has the potential to harm language development," notes Dr. Berman. She lists the following signs that your baby could have an ear infection:
  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Reduced appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Ear pain
  • Discharge from the ear
If you think your baby could have an ear infection, call your pediatrician for an appointment.

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