Ear Infection: Prevention and Treatment in Children's Earaches
Guest: Dr. Christopher Discolo – Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 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.
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