What are symptoms of a middle ear infection in children?

Symptoms of a middle ear infection may include: ear pain, pulling or rubbing of the ear, fussiness, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, or loss of hearing. Babies may run a high fever, be very fussy, or have symptoms of a cold. Children may also have no obvious symptoms.

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