Ear Infection 0-2 Years Care Instructions
Ear Infection (Otitis Media), 0 to 2 Years: After Your Child's Visit
Your Care Instructions
An ear infection may start with a cold and affect the middle ear. This is called otitis media. It can hurt a lot. Children with ear infections often fuss and cry, pull at their ears, and sleep poorly.
Ear infections are common in babies and young children.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the ear infection. Children under 6 months are usually given an antibiotic. If your child is over 6 months old and the symptoms are mild, antibiotics may not be needed. Your doctor may also recommend medicines to help with fever or pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
How can you care for your child at home?
When should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if: