What symptoms would my child have from a middle ear infection?

Your child may have one or several of the following:

  • Fever (temperature over 100.3°F)
  • Ear pain or pull at the ears
  • A temporary decrease in hearing
  • Be fussy or not be able to sleep
  • Vomiting or loose stools
  • Eat less food
  • Pus draining from the ear

Your child’s ears may also hurt for other reasons. Ear pain can be caused by:

  • An infection of the ear canal known as “swimmer’s ear”
  • Blocked or plugged eustachian tube (the tube that connects the ear and the throat) from a cold or allergy
  • A sore throat
  • An infected tooth
  • Erupting molars

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