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  1. Ear Infections - Surgery

    Surgery for middle ear infections (otitis media) often means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. It's one of the most common childhood operations.

  2. Ear Infections - What Happens

    Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

  3. Ear Infections - Prevention

    You may be able to prevent your child from getting middle ear infections by:Not smoking. Ear infections are more common in children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.Bre

  4. Ear Infections - When To Call a Doctor

    For ear infections, call your health professional immediately if your child has a severe injury to the ear, sudden hearing loss, severe pain, drainage from the ear, dizziness, or your child seems to be very sick with symptoms such as a high fever and stif

  5. Ear Infections - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Ear infection: Should I give my child antibiotics? Ear problems: Should my child be treated for fluid buildup in the middle ear? ...

  6. Ear Infections - What Increases Your Risk

    Some factors that increase the risk for middle ear infection (otitis media) are out of your control, such as your age.

  7. Ear Infections - Topic Overview

    This topic covers infections of the middle ear (otitis media).

  8. Ear Infections - Exams and Tests

    Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum, when seen through a pneumatic otoscope, is red or yellow and bulging. In the case of fluid buildup without infe

  9. Ear Infections - Other Treatment

    If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis. A needle goes through the eardrum to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain. The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing.

  10. Ear Infections - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for middle ear infections (otitis media) involves home treatment for symptom relief and, in some cases, antibiotics.

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