Ear Infection Pain May Go Beyond Ear

Have you heard how painful ear infections are? When fluid builds up and infects a baby’s ear, the baby may tug their ears in pain, or fuss and cry more than usual. Not all children are so demonstrative, so be on the lookout for the following signs of an ear infection:

  • Drainage of fluid from the ear
  • Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
  • Loss of balance
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

LeDoux-Johnson_Joy“Ear infections are extremely unpleasant for babies and need to be treated right away,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, internal medicine physician and pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If you suspect an ear infection, don’t delay in seeking medical treatment.”

For more information, visit www.sfmc.net/dev-2015 or call 573-331-3000.

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