Earaches in Kids: What Parents Need to Know About the New Guidelines, Antibiotics and More

Got a kid sobbing in pain? Here's how to recognize the symptoms of an ear infection -- so you can treat the pain and help your child feel better fast (17 Photos)

Patty Onderko on Feb 25, 2013 at 5:32PM

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a Patty Onderko on May 5, 2012 at 2:15PM

Once your child has had an ear infection or two, you'll quickly learn how to spot one when you see these classic ear infection symptoms:

-- Earache (your child may tug on her ear if she's not verbal yet)
-- Fussiness
-- Fever of 101 degrees or higher (not all infections will cause a fever, though)
-- Sudden resurgence of fussiness or fever during a cold
-- Increased discomfort when lying flat
-- Pus that drains from the ear (sign of a ruptured eardrum; read on to learn more)


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