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Ear Infections

It is quite common for children to get an ear infection. This may be due to the structure of their ear tubes. Ear infections occur when fluid is not able to drain properly and becomes infected, causing inflammation and fever. These infections can result from allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold.
There are two types of ear injections in children: otitis media and otitis externa (swimmer's ear). Otitis media is the more common of the two, and often occurs when sore throats, colds, or other respiratory problems spread to the middle ear. These ear infections can be either viral or bacterial.
Some of the common symptoms of ear infections include:
  • Unusual irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Tugging or pulling at one or both ears
  • Fever
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Loss of balance
  • Unresponsiveness to quiet sounds or other signs of hearing difficulty, such as sitting too close to the television or being inattentive.
Treatment typically involves antibiotics and acetaminophen to help reduce fever. Antibiotics are not always necessary, though, and "watchful waiting" is an appropriate course of treatment in many cases.


This skin condition causes dry and itchy skin. This problem is often linked to asthma and allergies and can occur due to certain chemicals in household products, such as washing detergent, soap, or even scratchy clothing.
It is usually recommended to keep the skin moisturized to help prevent flare-ups. In some cases, a prescription antihistamine and steroid cream may be needed.
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