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Symptoms of Middle Ear Infection
Ear infections frequently develop during or shortly after another infection, such as a cold or sore throat .
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- Ear pain (Note: Children who can talk may tell you that their ear hurts. Babies may tug or rub at the ear or face or become irritable.)
- Hearing loss, which resolves with appropriate treatment
- Disturbed sleep
- Decreased appetite or difficulty feeding
- Drainage from the ear (This may appear as blood, clearish fluid, pus, or as a dry crust on the outer portion of the ear after sleeping.)
- Difficulty with balance, frequent falling, sensations of dizziness
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Malaise (feeling of general illness)
Some children with ear infection, particularly chronic otitis, have no symptoms. Their condition may be discovered on examination for some other problem.
American Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.ama-assn.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website. Available at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov.
Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 16th edition. WB Saunders; 2000.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014