Otitis Media

The “Otitis Media,” or middle ear infection, is the second most common disease of childhood. Ear infections result from pressure and fluids trapped in the middle ear, which will usually dissipate on its own within a few days. Chronic or severe ear infections, however, may be treated with antibiotics, or by surgically placing drainage tubes in the ears.

If your child is not old enough to tell you that his or her ear hurts, look for the following symptoms of Otitis Media:

  • Irritability
  • Crying
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fever
  • Decreased hearing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will examine the inside of your child’s ears and will ask questions about your child’s medial history and symptoms. Tests may be conducted to determine if fluid is trapped in the middle ear, and our pediatricians will determine whether surgery or antibiotics are needed, or whether the ear infection can be treated with painkillers and a warm compress. Painkillers should never be given to an infant without first consulting a doctor.