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Mastoiditis (say "mass-toy-DY-tus") means a bone behind the ear is infected. It can happen when your child has many ear infections. Your child's ear problem may start with a cold and affect the middle ear. Sometimes the problem spreads to areas outside of the middle ear. Then it can cause new problems, such as a bone infection.
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. The doctor may have drained fluid from the middle ear. Your child may have had ear tubes put in his or her ear to 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 call line 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 call 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 call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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