TIP TUESDAY: EAR INFECTIONS

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  • TIP TUESDAY: Ear infections, also called otitis media, are a common problem in children. It is an infection in the middle section of the ear. Symptoms include pain, pulling on the ear, fever, temporary hearing loss, loss of appetite and general irritability. An ear infection can be caused by a virus or a bacteria and treatment may depend on several factors. This includes your child’s age, history of previous infections, and any underlying medical conditions. Most ear infections are caused by a virus but occasionally have a bacterial component that warrants antibiotics. Your doctor may recommend a period of “observation” for your child. This is to help determine whether antibiotics are actually needed. Symptoms may improve on their own, and you will have just saved your child from the pesky side effects of antibiotics and the chance of antibiotic resistance – a win for all! If you think your child has an ear infection, have them evaluated by a medical professional. 👂🏻👀👩🏻‍⚕️



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