Symptoms of a
middle ear infection (acute otitis media) often start
2 to 7 days after the start of a cold or other
upper respiratory infection. Symptoms of an ear
infection may include:
- Ear pain (mild to severe). Babies often pull or
tug at their ears when they have an earache.
- Drainage from the ear that is thick
and yellow or bloody. This means the eardrum has probably burst (ruptured). The hole in the eardrum often heals by
itself in a few weeks.
- Loss of appetite, vomiting, and grumpy
- Trouble sleeping.
Symptoms of fluid buildup may
- Popping, ringing, or a feeling of fullness or
pressure in the ear. Children often have trouble describing this feeling.
They may rub their ears trying to relieve pressure.
hearing. Children who have problems hearing may seem dreamy or inattentive, or
they may appear grumpy or cranky.
- Balance problems and
Some children don't have any symptoms.
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
September 10, 2012
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