An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tubes fluids build up in your middle ear and it becomes swollen or blocked. Ear infections are more common in children because their Eustachian tube is much smaller and more narrow.
Three out of four children experience ear infection (otitis media) by the time they are 3 years old. In fact, ear infections are the most common illnesses in babies and young children.
It is not always easy to know if your child has an ear infection. Sometimes you have to watch carefully. Your child may get an ear infection before he or she has learned how to talk. If your child is not old enough to say, “My ear hurts,” you need to look for other signals that there is a problem.
Here are a few signs your child might show you if he or she has otitis media:
If you see any of these signs in a child, seek medical attention promptly.
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