Treat Infections

How to care for eye and ear infections

Infections are an unfortunate yet ultimately unavoidable part of any child's life. When one does occur, there are measures you can take to help clear them up as quickly as possible. Here, we'll offer you a breakdown of some common infections children run into, and what to do when you encounter them.

Eye Infections

Eye infections can be caused from bacteria, fungi or viruses. They can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both.

Two common eye infections are:

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Symptoms of eye infections may include:

Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include:

When to Call the Doctor

If you think your child has an eye infection, it's important to contact your doctor to try to determine what's causing it and how to treat it. If the infection does not improve after two to three days of treatment, or after a week when left untreated, call your doctor. If your child starts to develop increased swelling, redness and tenderness in the eyelids and around the eye, along with a fever, call your doctor.

Ear Infections

Ear infections (Otitis Media) occur in most children by the age of three years. The most common childhood ear infections affect the middle ear - viruses or bacteria get inside the middle ear and cause an infection or inflammation (swelling).

Symptoms:

Other symptoms, though less common, are as follows:

Treatment

When to Call the Doctor

If treating an ear infection with antibiotics, call your doctor if your child:

Skin Infections

There are many common types of skin infections ranging from impetigo to common warts.

Symptoms:

In severe cases symptoms include:

Treatment:

When to Call the Doctor

Be sure to contact your doctor if your condition does not get better, or worsens. Occasionally bacteria will not respond to a particular medication, and your physician may want to switch to a different, possibly more broad-spectrum antibiotic.