Ear Infections

What Is an Ear Infection?

If your baby is fussy, cries more than usual, and tugs at their ear, an ear infection may be brewing. Ear infections and babies go together like milk and cookies. In fact, five out of six children will have an ear infection before their 3rd birthday, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

An ear infection, or otitis media, is a painful inflammation of the middle ear. Most middle ear infections occur within the Eustachian tube, which connects the ears, nose, and throat.

Did You Know?
Kids have shorter and narrower Eustachian tubes than adults. Also, their tubes are more horizontal, so it’s easier for them to get blocked.

Ear infections often follow a cold. Bacteria or viruses are the likely culprits. The infection causes inflammation and swelling of the Eustachian tube. The tube narrows and fluid builds behind the eardrum, causing pressure and pain.

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of children with an ear infection will experience a ruptured eardrum, according to the Children’s Health Network. The eardrum usually heals within one to two weeks, and rarely causes permanent damage to the child’s hearing.

Signs Your Baby Has an Ear Infection

Earaches can be extremely painful and your baby can’t tell you what hurts. But there are several common telltale signs:

  • irritability
  • pulling or batting at the ear
  • loss of appetite
  • trouble sleeping
  • fever
  • fluid draining from ear

There are several types of infections that affect the ear. The most common is otitis exterma (swimmer’s ear) which is an outer ear infection. Symptoms include fever, severe pain, and discharge from the ear.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) are very common in infants and children, and usually caused by the spread of bacteria from the nose and throat. Symptoms include pressure in the ear and earache.

Infection in the inner ear is usually caused by the spread of bacteria from a middle ear infection. Symptoms include fever, loss of hearing, dizziness, and vomiting. A ruptured eardrum is critical and should be attended to immediately; its symptoms include: dizziness, ringing, bleeding, sudden pain, and hearing loss.

Putting 6 drops each of Truman’s Ear Oil  and I’m All Ears (also used to relieve Hiccups) into the ears 2 -3 times daily, has been known to restore hearing for some people.

Colliodal Silver Water  – safe internally and externally at any age.

Ant-B6-30 drops as needed as a natural antibiotic.

 

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