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What are the common symptoms of ear infection?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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There is more than one type of ear pain which your little one may experience. Earache can be constant or come and go. It can also be sharp, dull or a burning sensation in one or both ears. There are a number of common symptoms relating to ear infection. These are:

 

  • Dulled hearing, often lasting for a few days
  • A fever
  • Feelings of sickness, or vomiting
  • Irritability (particularly in babies who cannot point to their pain)

With some infections, a child’s ear drum can also burst. If this is the case, there will often be ear discharge in the form of water and infected mucus. This will usually be runny for a few days. A burst eardrum often relieves the pain that your child has been feeling. This usually heals within a few weeks, after the infection has fully cleared.

 

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