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Ear Infection Basics

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Your baby has reached the age when earaches and ear infections often begin. They may follow a cold. If your baby suddenly develops a fever, becomes very irritable, cries while swallowing, or pulls at her ear, an ear infection is likely.

Here are a few ear infection basics:
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen can help ease the discomfort.
  • If you suspect that your baby has an earache, call your baby's health care provider.
  • Your baby's health care provider may prescribe antibiotics, but most ear infections are caused by viruses — in which case antibiotics generally aren't effective.
  • Have your baby's provider do an ear check two to three weeks after she's recovered to be sure the infection is gone completely.

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