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Symptoms of Middle Ear Infection
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- Ear pain (Note: Children who can talk may tell you that their ear hurts. Babies may tug or rub at the ear or face or become irritable.)
- Hearing loss, which resolves with appropriate treatment
- Disturbed sleep
- Decreased appetite or difficulty feeding
- Drainage from the ear (This may appear as blood, clearish fluid, pus, or as a dry crust on the outer portion of the ear after sleeping.)
- Difficulty with balance, frequent falling, sensations of dizziness
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Malaise (feeling of general illness)
American Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.ama-assn.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website. Available at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov.
Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 16th edition. WB Saunders; 2000.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014