Ear infection - acuteOtitis media - acute; Infection - inner ear; Middle ear infection - acute
Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the health care provider. The most common type of ear infection is called otitis media. It is caused by swelling and infection of the middle ear. The middle ear is located just behind the eardrum.
An acute ear infection starts over a short period and is painful. Ear infections that last a long time or come and go are called chronic ear infections.
Which of these may be a symptom of an ear infection in infants?
Chances are your child will have an ear infection.
Doctors use a special instrument to check for an ear infection.
This can help ease the pain from an ear infection:
Ear infections are more common in children because kids don’t clean their ears.
When an ear infection doesn’t go away on its own, your child may need:
Doctors may recommend that a child have ear tube surgery if:
Ear infections can cause short-term hearing loss.
Call your child's doctor if you notice the following:
Breastfeeding reduces a child’s risk for ear infections.
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