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Mastoiditis (say "mass-toy-DY-tus) is an infection that affects the bone behind the ear. It can occur after your child has an ear infection. Sometimes an ear infection can spread to areas outside of the ear. This can cause new problems, like mastoiditis.
The swelling behind your child's ear can push the ear forward. As the swelling goes away, the ear will move back to its normal place.
Antibiotics are the most common treatment for mastoiditis. If the antibiotics don't work, your child may need ear tubes put in their ears to help drain fluid over time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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