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Ear Pain

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Ear infections happen most often in children 6 months to 2 years old. These are caused by a virus or a bacteria infecting the area behind your child’s ear drum. Most ear infections don’t need antibiotics.

If your child has an ear infection, you might see them tug at their ears, cry more often, or have a fever. Your child may also have trouble sleeping, throw up, or have fluid come out of their ear. If your child is over 6 months old and healthy, it’s ok to wait 1 or 2 days before thinking about using antibiotics.

You should see a doctor right away if your child:

  • has a stiff or painful neck
  • has a new or worse fever
  • has an ear that is starting to stick out
  • is very irritable, or very difficult to wake up
  • is throwing up and they can’t keep their medicine down

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Current as of: March 13, 2017

Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services