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Common Baby and Childhood Illnesses and Ailments- Ears

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Ear Illness

 

The chart below summarizes common childhood ear-related infections and ailments

Note: This chart is only a guide and should not replace your doctor's advice.

 

 


Condition
 

What Are The Signs and Symptoms?

Is It Contagious?
Ear Infection
(Otitis Media)
Fussiness, crying, fever over 100° F, reduced appetite, difficulty feeding, vomiting, diarrhea, fluid draining from ear, hearing loss. May pull at ear. Most common after a cold. No

 
Otitis Externa
(Swimmer’s Ear)
May rub or pull on earlobe (indicating pain); redness and scaling at entrance to ear; yellow, watery, or smelly discharge from ear; swelling in ear or glands in neck. No

 
Ruptured Eardrum Fussiness, crying, pulling on ear, possible drainage from ear. No

Teething
Drooling, gum sensitivity, irritability, biting/gnawing, difficulty feeding, difficulty sleeping, runny nose, loose bowel movements, low-grade fever. May pull on ear. No

 
Tonsillitis-
Bacterial and Viral
Swollen, red, tender tonsils sometimes flecked with white spots. Sore throat; swollen glands; difficulty swallowing; fever; chills; ear pain; cold symptoms. Yes; can be contagious up to several weeks depending on culprit.

 

 

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