Earaches & Ear Infections

Earaches in children are common. Fluid behind the eardrum or an infection in the middle part of the ear or in the ear canal can cause an earache. Children under age 5 are at a higher risk for ear infections, especially after having an upper respiratory infection.

Common symptoms include:

  • Ear pain (especially when lying down, chewing or sucking)
  • Redness or swelling of the eardrum or outer ear
  • Pulling or rubbing the ear
  • Fluid leaking from the ear
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Fussiness
  • Headache
  • Fever

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for ear infections due to concerns regarding the overuse of antibiotics. If you are concerned your child may have an ear infection, visit your pediatrician or our Urgent Care Center for an evaluation and treatment.