PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

When should you call your doctor about an ear infection?

ANSWER

Call your doctor about an ear infection if:

Contact your doctor immediately if:

  • Your child's body temperature rises above 100.4°F. A fever signals the possibility of a more serious infection, especially in infants and young children
  • You or your child frequently develops ear infections; repeated bouts with the disorder can lead to hearing loss or more serious infections
  • You or your child has hearing problems; the infection may be the cause
  • You suspect that your young child has an ear infection
  • Your child develops a stiff neck
  • Your child is very lethargic, responds poorly, or is inconsolable

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.



Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.



Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What are symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.