Ear infections can mimic that of teething pain. It can be bothersome when your infant or toddler has the symptoms of an ear infection, only to be told by your pediatrician that your child is just teething. There are telltale signs that your child has an ear infection and not just teething pain, which will come in handy when your child can't tell you what is hurting. See below for a listing of these signs.
1. Runny Nose
Yes, runny noses can come with teething pain as well, but runny noses that comes with green or yellow mucus can be the sign of infection or an infection is coming. Mucus that is clear is usually associated with teething pain.
Fluid that is draining from the ear is another sign of an ear infection. It doesn't always happen with ear infections, but can. The fluid can be white, yellow or even bloody. Any type of fluid draining from the ear should definitely be reported to the pediatrician to be treated.
3. Excessive Fussiness And Crying
Babies fuss and toddlers will throw tantrums, but if it is in excess, it could be the sign of a bigger problem. Talk to your child's pediatrician if you notice these excessive changes to be sure there isn't a problem.
4. Sleeping Issues
Drainage from ear infections can make it difficult to sleep. If your infant or toddler is having a difficult time sleeping, especially when laying down flat or on one particular side is bothersome, your child needs to go into the pediatrician to be checked out.
5. Poor Balance
If your child is suddenly becoming more wobbly or unable to balance, it could be a sign of an ear infection. Inner ear issues can affect your balance according to the National Institute On Deafness And Other Communication Disorders.
6. Lack Of Appetite
If you notice that your child has an inability to eat or chew, or has a difficult time drinking, it could be due to an ear infection. Ear infections can make simple tasks like swallowing or chewing painful.
It can be difficult to tell what your child is feeling especially if your child can't communicate their feelings to you. If you notice any of the signs above in your infant or toddler (especially if it's more than one of these symptoms), you need to take your child to the pediatrician like one from Entira Family Clinics for a checkup.Share
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