Baby Ear Infections Directory
No matter how conscientious parents are, babies are likely to come down with colds, and colds often lead to ear infections. The typical ear infection, called otitis media, occurs when a cold or allergy causes swelling of the baby's eustachian tube, causing blockage that allows bacteria to grow in the middle ear. Otitis media is particularly common in babies because their immune systems are immature and their eustachian tubes may not effectively drain fluid from the middle ear. There are two types of middle ear infections. Acute otitis media often causes pain, fever, and a bulging red eardrum. Otitis media with effusion (OME) occurs when the middle ear doesn't drain properly and fluid is trapped behind the eardrum. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about baby ear infections, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
WebMD's guide to symptoms of an ear infection.
Preventing Ear Infections
Get tips for preveting ear infections from WebMD.
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger-Topic Overview
Ear pain in children may be a sign of an infection in the space behind the eardrum (middle ear). Ear infections (otitis media) most commonly occur when cold symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose and a cough, have been present for a few days.
Home Ear Examination
A home ear examination is a visual inspection of the ear canal and eardrum using an instrument called an otoscope.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Anatomy of an Ear Infection
Take a tour through the ear to understand the causes of ear infections and how they are diagnosed and treated. See how ear tubes work to ease chronic ear infections and protect against hearing loss.
Slideshow: Childhood Illnesses Every Parent Should Know
Croup, sore throat, glue ear and Kawasaki disease are among child illnesses parents must know. BootsWebMD has symptoms, pictures, and advice for when to seek medical advice.
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