Information About Earache

Earaches can be caused by fluid behind the eardrum, an infection in the middle part of the ear (otitis media) or an infection in the ear canal (swimmer's ear). Kids under 5 are at risk for ear infections, especially after upper respiratory infections. Symptoms include ear pain (especially when chewing, sucking or lying down), redness or swelling of the eardrum or outer ear, pulling or rubbing the ears, and/or leakage from the ear.

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