Childhood Diseases

Updated 15 January 2015

Spot an ear infection early

Parents of young children might wonder how to tell if a child has an ear infection. After all, most kids who get them are too young to tell mommy or daddy what's wrong.

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Parents of young children might wonder how to tell if a child has an ear infection. After all, most kids who get them are too young to tell mommy or daddy what's wrong.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there are a few signs to watch for. They include: unusual irritability; difficulty sleeping; tugging or pulling at one or both ears; fever; fluid draining from the ear; loss of balance; unresponsiveness to quiet sounds, or any other sign of hearing difficulty.

Parents who observe any of these symptoms should consult the family doctor immediately.

(National Institute of Deafness, November 2010)

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