What causes a middle ear infection in children?

A middle ear infection is caused by a bacteria (germ) or virus. It happens in the space behind the eardrum. If this space is blocked or clogged by a cold or allergy, it can fill with fluid. The fluid can cause a decrease in hearing for a while until the space is clear again. The fluid can also become infected.

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