As adults, most of us are attuned to symptoms of ear infections, whether it's persistent itching or lingering dull pain in the eardrum. But when it comes to our infant children, it's important to be able to discern ear infections for them.
At AAA Pediatrics, the pediatricians on site will bring you up to speed on some of the things you should look out for when you suspect your child may be fighting an ear infection. Take a look at six telling signs of infant ear infections below:
1. Itching, grabbing, or yanking at the ears. Oftentimes, this is the most common symptom, and frequently indicates that he/she is in pain. Though not always the case, it's especially important to get your child's ears checked out if this frequent symptom is paired with one or more of the ones below.
2. Diarrhea or vomiting. Did you know that the bug responsible for infant ear infections is also a gastrointestinal tract nuisance? Surprising, but true; get your child's ears checked immediately by taking him to your pediatrician if this occurs.
3. Reduced appetite. Not only can ear infections influence a dysfunctional gastrointestinal tract, they can also make chewing and swallowing more difficult for your infant. If you notice your child begin to whimper or pull away from his or her food source much sooner than normal, there's a good chance that scheduling a pediatric visit for an ear infection will be your next best move.
4. A yellowish or whitish fluid coming out of the ear. This is one of the more telling signs of an ear infection; it frequently signifies that the child's eardrum has a small rupture. Fortunately, this will heal as soon as the infection is dealt with.
5. Odd or unpleasant smell from the ear. If your child's ear smells unpleasant, you should bring him or her to a pediatrician.
6. Poor sleep. If lying down seems to make your child uncomfortable, there's a good possibility they may be suffering from an ear infection, which oftentimes feels worse when the body is lying flat.
For more information on how to keep your child's ears free from infection and accompanying pain here in Woodbridge, VA, give AAA Pediatrics a call at (703) 580-6400 today!