Some signs that your baby could have an ear infection are…
Your baby pulls on his/her ears
Loss of appetite
Fluid coming out of the ears, but it is not common
A strange smell coming from the ears
Your baby may or may not experience all of the symptoms
If your baby has a severe ear infection you should take him to the doctor, and your child will most likely be given an antibiotic, or if child is younger than 6 months your doctor will most likely give them an antibiotic. Remember to always give your child antibiotics for the whole time they are prescribed even if they are feeling better!! If you stop giving them the antibiotic once they are better, the ear infection can come back because the bacteria wasn’t completely gone.
Infant acetaminophen can help take some pain away for your baby so they can feel a bit more comfortable.
Try putting getting a washcloth wet with warm water and putting it to his ear to help some of the pain.
Elevate your baby’s head when they are sleeping, you can do this by putting a pillow under the mattress. When you are feeding your baby, hold them at an incline. Babies that are fed lying down are more likely to get ear infections.
Massage your baby. Start under the ear and move downward by the throat. It helps make them feel better and move the fluid and blockage.
Do not put anything into your child’s ears without consulting your doctor! Your doctor can give you ear drops for the infection.
Keep an eye on how your baby is doing and if they are improving. You may want to give them a little extra snuggle time because ear infections can be very painful and uncomfortable.
Most ear infections happen after a cold or illness, so try to keep your hands washed and people who are sick away from your child. Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke because it suppresses the immune system and can lead to ear infections or other sicknesses. Make sure your child has had all their vaccines that they need so far. Breastfeeding your baby also helps give their body antibodies against sicknesses that can cause the ear infection.
Make sure to schedule a check up after your baby feels better to make sure the fluid in the ear is gone. A lot of children still have fluid in there ears once they go back to see the doctor, so it is quite important to make that extra check up. If your child keeps getting ear infections, you may want to think about getting ear tubes put in to help drain the fluid in the ears and reduce the number of ear infections.