If you suspect your child is dealing with an ear infection due to abnormal behavior, keep calm, consult your medical professional and ask yourself the questions below to help you further determine the root of the problem:
Does your baby pull, tug or grab his or her ears? If so, this could be a sign of pain with the rubbing and tugging on ears as a an attempt for relief.Is he or she vomiting? The same virus that cause ear infection commonly affects the stomach area.Does he or she have a reduced appetite? Ear infections makes it painful for babies to swallow and chew. If there's uncharacteristic behavior of pulling away at the nipple or bottle this is a sign.And lastly, does your child have trouble sleeping?
If so, your child probably has ear infection. Here are some remedies you can try at home:
It's been believed for decades that antibiotics were necessary to help expedite recovery. However, modern medical discoveries reveal roughly 80 percent of all toddler ear infections disappear in as little as three days without antibiotics.
In fact, giving an infant antibiotics at such a young age increases the odds of the bacteria responsible for the infection to develop a strong resistance. This consequently makes it more difficult to treat your child if an infection takes place at a future date.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is a real threat of diarrhea, vomiting or an allergic reaction materializing that could cause serious irreversible damage in a child's development.
There are cases where antibiotics may be necessary (see a doctor for professional medical advice), but in the majority of cases, the following home remedies will suffice:
Homeopathic remedies to reverse ear infection is fine, but prevention is even better. Here are a few ways to keep your child from experiencing this painful ordeal:
Breastfeed often, avoid secondhand (and first hand) smoke, get scheduled vaccinations and wash your hands often to reduce of airborne bacteria.