Child Ear Infections

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.

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

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

Mercy's pediatricians are specially trained to diagnose ear infections in children quickly and compassionately. Our Mercy Clinics offer treatment close to home. And for children experiencing repeat ear infections, our pediatricians who specialize in ear, nose and throat problems provide ongoing diagnosis and more treatment options.

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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