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.
Ear Infections and Mastoiditis
WebMD discusses the symptoms, causes, and treatment of mastoiditis, a sometimes serious bacterial infection of a bone behind the ear.
Preventing Ear Infections
WebMD offers tips to help prevent your child from getting ear infections.
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
WebMD's guide to symptoms of an ear infection.
Ear Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment
You or your child may have an earache along with a sore throat, stuffy nose, or fever --– signs of a possible infection. Learn more about how doctors diagnose and treat these cases.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Anatomy of an Ear Infection
WebMD takes you on a visual tour through the ear, helping you understand the causes of childhood ear infections and how they are diagnosed and treated.
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.