Ear infections in Infants

Has your toddler been complaining about a sore ear? Are wondering how to prevent your infant from developing an ear infection?

Infants and toddlers are more susceptible to getting an ear infection in the winter and fall and more likely to get infected than adults. This is because the Eustachian tube, the canal that links the throat to the middle ear, is shorter in infants. Therefore, when an infant contracts a cold or bacterial infection, the germs could easily travel from the back of the throat through the Eustachian canal and towards the middle ear.

If your baby gets an ear infection, symptoms would include pain, difficulty balancing, trouble sleeping, water leaking out of ears, or fever.

Ear infection in young children is common. However, children who have contracted colds, are exposed to cigarette smoke or have sines are more prone to acquiring it. Breastfed babies are known to be less at risk of contracting an ear infection because of the antibodies passed from the mother. These help in preventing infections.

What should you do if your child has an ear infection?

If your infant is experiencing a severe fever or pain, or if you notice fluid or pus leaking from his or her ears, then you should take your child to a doctor or pediatrician. Recommended clinics in the KL vicinity include Mont Kiara baby clinic, Hibari clinic. Amongst treating adults, they also provide treatment and consultation for mothers and their babies.

Your pediatrician would then decide the best treatment for your child. Antibiotics would only be prescribed to him or her if the fever is high and there’s the reason to believe that the infection was caused by bacteria. If the symptoms are not too severe then the doctor will consult you on the best method to treat the infection.

To avoid future infections, you may want to consider giving your child a flu vaccine, which would prevent bacteria from getting into the middle ear. If you are against vaccinations, then practicing good hygiene and having a healthy diet would help avoid infections.