Otitis media is an ear infection of the inner ear. It is not visible from the outside. Most ear infections develop following a cold.
Children with an ear infection may have a fever. They may sometimes cry, roll their head on the bed, or touch their ears. They may seem to have less appetite. They may also vomit or have diarrhea. In some cases fluid can run out of the ear.
What to do?
Consult your doctor if your child is crying a lot and has a fever or seems to be in pain.
To relieve the pain, you can give your child acetaminophen. Ibuprofen can also be used for children over 6 months.
An ear infection can temporarily affect your child’s hearing. If you think your child is not hearing as well a few months after the ear infection, consult your doctor.