What is an ear infection ?
Ear infections are bacterial or viral infections inside the ear that cause swelling and pain. Ear infections in children and babies often start with a cold or other illness. This can lead to redness, swelling, earache, and fluid in your child’s middle ear (behind the eardrum). Ear infections can be very painful for your child and sometimes cause fevers with temperatures up to 104 F. While your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics, they typically won’t relieve ear pain for the first 24 hours, so you may have to consider additional remedies to provide ear pain relief.