When should I call the doctor about my child’s swimmer’s ear?

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Call your child’s doctor if:

  • The symptoms (ear pain or ear drainage) not improved in 48 hours with
          treatment
  • He has a temperature over 100.4°F
  • The area behind the ear becomes red

SHORT ANSWER:  If the symptoms don’t improve in 48 hours with treatment; he has a temperature over 100.4F; the area behind the ear becomes red

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