Most children will suffer at least one ear infection before their third birthday. Take this quiz and learn the ins and outs of dealing with this common ailment.
An untreated ear infection may cause a more serious infection, affect hearing, or slow speech development. So, call a doctor when your child has ear pain, a fever, yellow or white drainage from the ear, or hearing problems. For healthy children, it’s recommended to watch a child for 48 to 72 hours before taking action.
In babies, also look for these signs: unusual crankiness, trouble sleeping, and tugging at the ears.
To combat an ear infection, your child’s doctor may prescribe antibiotics. To relieve pain, you also might: