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Baby Ear Infection in Winters - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment Home Remedies

Anurima
1 to 3 years

Created by Anurima
Updated on Dec 14, 2018

Baby Ear Infection in Winters Causes Symptoms Treatment Home Remedies

Winters are meant for picnics, great food and celebrations; certainly not sitting indoors and nursing your little one for an ear infection. To any parent, the thought of cold days brings back memories of the past winters when the child may have suffered from cold, flu or an ear infection. Ear infection in toddlers is a very common concern that many parents seem to share. Read on to find out symptoms, causes and treatments for ear infection in infant's.

What Is An Ear Infection?

An ear infection is also known as Acute Otitis Media. It is often a bacterial or viral infection affecting the middle ear - the area behind the eardrum.

  1. The air filled space could have a fluid buildup, which gets infected
  2. The fluid can get drained via the Eustachian tube but if the tubes are blocked due to the child suffering from cold, the fluid within the middle ear could get infected leading to an ear infection

Causes of Ear Infection: How Common is this? Why Are Children More Prone than Adults?

Ear Infections in children are quite common. It is observed that 3 out of 4 children suffer from an ear infection by their 3rd birthday. Infants are more prone to ear infections than adults due to the following reasons:

  1. Eustachian tubes in children are smaller than in adults. This makes it difficult for the fluid to drain out of the ear
  2. The immune system in a child is less developed than an adult. This makes it more difficult for a child to fight infections
  3. If a child is suffering from cold and cough, bacteria from the nose and mouth can easily pass into the ear causing infection

What Are The Symptoms Of Ear Infection?

Once a child contracts ear infection, the symptoms appear quite rapidly.

  1. If your child is old enough to express, she/he will complain of ear pain. Very young babies cry inconsolably from the pain (usually even for a couple of hours)
  2. In infants and toddlers, frequent tugging or pulling the ear is a common sign 
  3. Difficulty in sleeping
  4. Irritable and crying more than usual
  5. Reduced appetite as chewing or sucking may cause more pain
  6. Drainage of yellowish or whitish fluid - this is a sure sign of an infection
  7. Unpleasant smell from the ear
  8. Fever of 100º F or 38º C or more
  9. Difficulty in hearing
  10. A headache
  11. Unsteadiness

Ear Infection Treatment - How to Cure ?

Ear infections need medical attention at the earliest or the infection could spread making the condition worse. The doctor will consider your child's age and symptoms and treat the infection accordingly. Usually, a course of antibiotics is prescribed along with an ear drop. It is important to complete the entire course of antibiotics. Your child should start feeling better after a couple of days of starting on the medicines.

Ear Infections Home Remedies - What Can I Do At Home to Help Child Feel Better?

In addition to the medicines prescribed by the doctor, you may try the following to help your child feel better.

  1. Keep her/his head elevated
  2. Warm compress to the ear may be applied to relieve pain
  3. Applying warm olive oil in the ear also helps in reducing pain and discomfort. Make sure it's warm, and not hot
  4. Give your child a warm bath. This helps loosens ear wax and relieve pain

How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting An Ear Infection?

  • Ear infections are not contagious, but following a few basic guidelines may help prevent your child from suffering from one
  • Wash hands frequently before cooking meals and after changing diapers. Wash your child's hands after playtime, before mealtimes and after using the toilet
  • Keep your child's vaccines up to date - the pneumococcal vaccine has been known to reduce the occurrence of ear infections
  • Avoid exposing your child to second-hand smoking. Tobacco smoke is known to suppress the child's immune system, making her/him more susceptible to infections
  • Never let your child fall asleep with a bottle in her/his mouth. Bacteria from the milk remains inside the mouth, which can easily cause infection

What Should I Do If My Child Suffers From Frequent Ear Infections?

If your child suffers from recurrent ear infections and antibiotics do not seem to help, the doctor may recommend a surgical procedure called Myringotomy.

This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. A small incision is made to relieve the pressure in the ear.

A tiny tube made of plastic, metal or Teflon is inserted into the eardrum to help drain out excess fluid

The incision heals in about two weeks and the tube is either removed by performing a small procedure or is naturally expelled in about a year's time

Myringotomy may be recommended for children who suffer from frequent or prolonged ear infections. If the infection is not treated, it could lead to hearing loss and in very rare cases, it could lead to infection of the skull behind the ear, known as Meningitis. Difficulty in hearing due to persistent fluid in the ear could also result in slow language development in a child.

You don't need to fear every change in season and keep your child indoors to prevent infections. No matter what the weather is, you may always make the best out of the day. On a dry day, you may step out with your child to feel the autumn season by collecting leaves or simply enjoying the changing colours of nature. When it gets colder, dress your child in comfortable clothes and head out to the outdoors to feel the cool air if the weather permits. If not, enjoy the day indoors by watching a movie with some popcorn and hot chocolate.

Allow your child to explore, be happy and grow healthy. Research has shown that exposure to germs to a certain extent makes a child's immunity stronger and can keep certain diseases at bay for life.

Has your child had an ear infection in the past? Share your experience with us in the comments section!

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| Dec 14, 2018

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| Jul 24, 2018

i have a seven year old daughter... she always have ear infection problem nd cold and cough as climate changes.. and she regularly have stomach ache problem during fooding...

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| May 07, 2018

Hi My Baby is 2yr 2months she had ear piercing last month and now it got little puse from backside can anyone suggest me wat can we apply to get that reduced.

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| Jan 05, 2018

Great blog as this is happening to all toddlers in winters. Will be a good help.

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| Jan 05, 2018

Hello Anurima, Thank you for the good blog. Can you tell me how often should I clean my little one's ears. I normally clean with a cotton cloth after bath. Is there any other way? Please advise.

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| Jan 04, 2018

thanx for info

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| Jan 02, 2018

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| Jan 02, 2018

I will ask my wife to check as my 1. 5 year son is facing same ear problem

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| Dec 05, 2017

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| Dec 05, 2017

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| Dec 05, 2017

how to clear wax

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| Dec 05, 2017

ear infection can be quite a painful and debilitating experience for small babies and children. excellent blog with useful info about causes and treatment of ear infection in children .thanks for sharing Anurima!

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| Dec 05, 2017

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| Dec 21, 2013

Thanks! Quite an important piece of info!

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