Should I seek medical care for a child with an ear infection?

An ear infection in a child, especially one in the inner ear (which can only be seen by healthcare professional), can cause hearing loss. It is important, therefore, that it be seen and treated.
A healthcare provider should be contacted if:
  • The child’s signs of an ear infection last longer than a day.
  • You see a discharge of blood or pus from the ear. This could indicate a ruptured eardrum.
  • The child’s symptoms do not improve or get worse after he or she has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider.

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