Ear Infections in Kids

By: Judy Fortin
By: Judy Fortin

Experts report three out of four kids have had at least one ear infection by the time they turn three. Here are just some of the ways to treat the condition.

Khari Payne is only four years old and has already suffered through nearly a dozen ear infections. His mother, Chelsea Carlson Payne says, "We were in the doctor all the time, it was just, I mean at least once a month for probably the better part of two years. It was endless."

His symptoms often started with a runny nosw. then came the fever, fussiness, and irritability. Some pediatricians differ in how to proceed with treatment. Dr. Vivian Lennon, of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, often keeps a watchful eye on a child before prescribing antibiotics. She says, "If the child however is younger, if the child is having severe pain, if the child is having fever then the decision may be made to treat with antibiotics.

Dr. Lennon says the medicines should start working within 48 -72 hours. Khari's infections kept coming back so his parents opted for surgery to insert tubes in his middle ear.

"The pain relief is instantaneous because the fluid is drained instantaneously."

That's made Khari a happy boy. His mother reports he hasn't had an ear infection in about a year.

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