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Even though infection is a common cause of ear pain, not all ear pain means an infection.
If your child complains of ear pain and does not have an infection, it could be because of teething, a sore throat, or a blocked eustachian tube. The eustachian tube goes from the back of the throat to the ear.
When ear discomfort or pain is mild or comes and goes without other symptoms, home treatment may be all your child needs.
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:
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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