Ear Infection AGAIN?
From my personal experience of being a mom to five children, ear infections can prove taxing to many. It will affect one’s work attendance, the sleep of parents and the poor child, the schedule in your busy day, etc. Ear infections can come quickly and out of nowhere. The good thing is ear infections are not contagious and your infant can be at school, provided they feel okay to be here.
The easiest way to tell if your baby has an ear infection-or any other illness, for that matter, is a change in his mood.
If your baby turns fussy, or starts crying more than usual, be on the lookout for a problem. He may develop a fever as well. Ear infections tend to strike after a common cold or sinus infection. You may also notice the following symptoms:
- a baby tugging at his ears more so than usual.
- diarrhea or vomiting.
- reduced appetite because of the gastrointestinal upset or pain while swallowing. Your baby may take a drink of the bottle/breast and pull away after taking a few sips/drinks.
- a yellowish or whitish fluid draining from the ear.
- an unpleasant smell from the ear.
- difficulty sleeping.
- a yellowish drainage from the tear ducts as well.
These infections can set in within 4 hours. You may think you were just at the doctor because your baby didn’t act quite right, how could it be an ear infection? It happens that quick because the eustachian tubes which connects the infant’s middle ear to the back of the nose, is blocked. When a baby is born, their eustachian tubes are more horizontal and will elongate and grow more vertical as the child ages. The horizontal growth of these tubes is a perfect breeding ground for germs since it has no elevation.
Ear infections are the second most commonly diagnosed illnesses in children in the U.S. You may feel you are all alone in this journey of ear infections but on those lonely and stressful, sleepless nights, know you have someone else close by feeling the same way, helpless because you don’t have the answer as to why your baby is in pain, can’t eat, and awake. Believe me, when my children were infants, I wondered why the pediatrician’s office didn’t have a reserved parking space for me outside of her office because it seemed we were there often. Hang in there and know this will be a distant memory someday.