How do I care for someone with a bacterial ear infection?

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If your child or another loved one is suffering from a bacterial ear infection, make sure they are seen by a doctor. You can also help them by being sensitive to their needs. Children may complain of pain, be fussy, or have trouble sleeping, so try to be patient with them and give them mild pain relievers if necessary. If their ears are filled with fluid, your loved one may be suffering from some degree of hearing impairment, so make sure that you speak loudly and clearly. Help your child keep their ears clean and dry. Be on the lookout for any worrisome developments in symptoms, like a fever, and return to the doctor if necessary.

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