First Aid: Earaches

First Aid: Earaches

First AidEaraches in children are common. They can be caused by fluid behind the eardrum, an infection in the middle part of the ear, or an infection in the ear canal (also known as swimmer's ear). Kids under 5 years old are at risk for ear infections, especially after upper respiratory infections.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

Seek Medical Care

If:

Think Prevention!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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