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Ear infection

when do you suspect your toddler has an ear infection? temp?


Asked by Mel_in_PHX at 9:39 PM on Feb. 14, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The only symptom my son had was a 106 temp. No ear pulling or pain. Usually, a fever and the child pulls on the ear because it hurts. He or she may have trouble hearing too.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:47 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • 106 OMG
    My LO had one two weeks ago. No fever. Just got up at 2 in the morning said her ear hurt. Gave her tylenol. The morning she said she was fine. Took her into the Dr. She said she had a bad one in one ear and a beginning in the other.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 9:51 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • 106... wow! You must have been freaking out! My dd can't talk yet.

    Comment by Mel_in_PHX (original poster) at 10:05 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • For my kids, it always started out with waking up at night when they didn't normally. After a couple of nights of that, they'd start getting stuffy/congested, then start coughing. They'd never have a temp higher than 99. I'd usually wait about a week, since many ear infections will resolve themselves. Alternating Tylenol & Motrin and propping them to sleep really helped in the waiting period.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:15 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • my son had ear infections for 6months straight. the first one he had a fever for a few days and it slowly went up to 104, but he was playing and eatting fine, and didnt go down with anything at all but most of the rest of them, no way to tell until he was putting a finger in his ear and messing with them. When he got one this year, we got a "doctor mom otoscope", for $20 at walmart, it comes with a picture of what a normal ear looks like and what an ear infection looks like.

    Answer by dreamangel06 at 10:15 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • we also didnt have insurance at the time.... if he gets fussy, first thing i do check temp and ears

    Answer by dreamangel06 at 10:17 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • Usually an ear infection will show up just after the child starts getting better from a cold. So timing can be a big indicator, as well as fever, you can mess with their ears and see if they react, or sometimes they'll just be unexplainably miserable or some tug on their ears, mine never had ear infections until they were 3 so they could just tell me, and they always showed up about 4-5 days after a bad cold.

    Answer by AshleyBDG at 10:29 PM on Feb. 14, 2011