Ear Infection: Prevention and Treatment in Children's Earaches

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Ear Infection:  Prevention and Treatment in Children's Earaches




Guest:  Dr. Christopher Discolo – Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, MUSC

Host:  MUSC


Host:  Ear infections are a problem for many children.  Dr. Christopher Discolo, an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) at MUSC Children’s Hospital, provides valuable information regarding ear infections.


Dr. Christopher Discolo:  Ear infections are one of the most common illnesses that children get.


Host:  How do you know if your child has contracted an ear infection?


Dr. Christopher:  Symptoms can include fever, ear pain, irritability, tugging or pulling on the ear, hearing loss, and possible drainage from the ear.


Host:  How are ear infections best treated?


Dr. Christopher:  Well, antibiotics remain the most common treatment for an ear infection.  Children can also take over-the-counter pain medicines to help with fever and pain.


Host:  When is the appropriate time to consult a physician about your child’s ear infection?


Dr. Christopher Discolo:  If you child’s symptoms do not go away after a couple of days, or if they’re associated with high fevers, vomiting, worsening pain, or drainage from the ear, you should consult your physician.


For more information, visit www.muschealth.com/children.  This is brought to you by MUSC Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores.  Remember, Kohl’s cares for kids. 

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