Otitis media is an ear infection of the inner ear. It is not visible from the outside. Most ear infections develop following a cold.
Symptoms of ear infection include fever and crying. Your child may sometimes roll his head on the bed and be more irritable or less active than usual. He may seem to have less appetite. He may also vomit or have diarrhea. Some children touch the ear that hurts. In some cases fluid can run out of the ear.
What to do?
Consult your doctor if your child is crying a lot and has a fever or seems to be in pain.
If your doctor diagnoses an ear infection, he or she may suggest an antibiotic. If so, it’s important to continue giving the antibiotic right to the end of the treatment, even if your child seems better before then.
To relieve the pain, you can give your child acetaminophen. Ibuprofen can also be used for children over 6 months.
An ear infection can temporarily affect your child’s hearing. If you think your child is not hearing as well a few months after the ear infection, consult your doctor.