Child Ear Infections

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Ear infections in children are common. In fact, they account for about 30 million visits to the pediatrician a year, more than any other ailment. But that doesn’t mean the symptoms are always easy to deal with. Ear infections can be painful. Even worse, they can return again and again.

Pediatric Ear Infection Symptoms

Ear infections often follow a cold or sore throat and can occur in children before they learn to talk, so it’s important to spot the symptoms. Symptoms of an ear infection in your child can include:

  • Pulling or tugging at the ear
  • Acting fussy
  • Crying frequently
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fever
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble balancing or seeming clumsy
  • Difficulty hearing or responding to soft sounds

Ear Infection Side Effects in Children

Most ear infections don't cause long-term complications, however frequent recurrences or an infection left untreated can lead to hearing problems, delays in learning to talk or a torn eardrum. So, when your child has an ear infection, treatment can’t come soon enough.

Childhood Ear Infection Treatment Options

Mercy's pediatricians and ENT specialists are specially trained to diagnose ear infections in children quickly and compassionately, providing ongoing diagnosis & treatment options. All of our pediatric clinics offer treatment close to home. 

At Mercy Kids, we’re committed to making the common ailments in children less common, less painful and less likely to return.

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