Ear infections are common in babies and young children because the small size of their ears can trap fluid and germs inside. Many parents rely on the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California to diagnose and treat their children’s ear infections and head off complications, including hearing loss. If your child is having ear pain or other ear-related symptoms, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online.
Young children are prone to ear infections because their eustachian tubes, which connect the ears to the throat, are still small in the early years. That allows germs to get caught and multiply. They're immune systems also aren't experienced at fighting off the germs.
Older kids and teens can get ear infections, too. Sometimes, a cold or allergies cause congestion that blocks the ear tubes and prevents them from draining, leading to an infection. Adenoids, the tissue behind the ear, can also attract bacteria that causes an ear infection.
If a baby or young child has an ear infection, the signs may be quite obvious. These include:
Older children may complain of ear pain, fever, and feeling unwell.
Dr. Huckaby diagnoses your child’s ear infection using light to look for redness and swelling, using a tool that blows air into the eardrum to see how it responds, and checking your child’s hearing.
The team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens may wait and see if an ear infection goes away on its own before prescribing antibiotics since the overuse of antibiotics can decrease their effectiveness. The good news is that many ear infections will resolve without treatment.
There are times when an ear infection needs to be treated immediately. Besides medication, other ear infection treatments and assessments include:
All of these procedures are performed in the comfort of the Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens office. To find out more, call or schedule an appointment online.