When should I call the doctor about otitis media (middle ear infection)?
Call your child's doctor immediately if:
- Your child develops a stiff neck.
- You child acts very lethargic (sluggish), responds poorly, or is inconsolable.
Call your child's doctor during office hours if:
- The fever or pain is not gone after your child is diagnosed with an ear infection.
- You have any questions or concerns.
Questions to ask your doctor or your child's doctor:
- Should I give my child or myself medication? If so, for how long and at what times of the day?
- How should I store the medication? Does it need to be refrigerated?
- When will my child (or I) start to feel better?
- Do I need to make a follow-up visit?
- Should I keep my child home from school or daycare? If so, when can she or he return?
- Should the child be restricted from any activities? If so, which ones?
- Are there certain foods or liquids to avoid?
- Which over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, do you recommend?
- Which symptoms should I report?