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:
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Current as of: March 13, 2017
Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services
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