How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Robin Vick, Assistant Director of Nursing at the Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services, discusses the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home including how a parent should care for a child with an ear infection.

    Host: How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

    Robin Vick: Ear infection is in a category that I am going to suggest, in fact emphasize that a family needs to have the attention of a doctor. An ear infection can start-off by an upper respiratory virus, but it's now a situation where the ear that communicates with the sinuses and the nose and the mouth gets colonized by bacteria and it's very, very painful. You will see signs of that when your child is pulling at her ear, shaking their heads. Just generally irritable and clearly having some problem up around that, with the ear.

    An ear infection is something that needs to be seen by your doctor because untreated ear infection can allow the eardrum to rupture plus ear infections are almost always bacterial and require some sort of antibiotics that the doctor will have to prescribe. Never ever insert any cotton tip swab or ointment or anything into the child's ear; the fibres alone in the cotton tip swab can further inflame the ear. The ointments can further block off the ear's ability to drain. So an ear infection is something to respond too quickly and have a doctor help you manage it. Host: To watch the other segments in this video series or for how-to-videos on almost any other topic, visit www.