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    Fever and a Possible Ear Infection

    It is not uncommon for a viral upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, to be present with a fever that lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Fever that occurs on day 3 or 4 of an upper respiratory infection may be caused by an ear infection. This is especially true if your child has other symptoms, such as fussiness, sleeplessness, or decreased appetite.

    Fever may be a sign of an ear infection when:

    • Other symptoms, such as ear discomfort, ear rubbing, or pulling at the ears, are severe or do not go away.
    • Cold symptoms cleared up but other symptoms, such as fever and ear pain, are still present.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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