Ear ache is very common in children, and frequently associated with chest infections, coughs and colds.
In many cases there is no primary infection of the ear itself; the pain is due to a blockage in the Eustachian tube, which normally maintains the correct pressure inside the ear. In true otitis media (middle ear) infection the ear drum is red and inflamed and the child will usually have a fever. Babies may not specifically complain of earache, or hold their ears and may simply become irritable, restless and scream. There is much debate as to the place of antibiotics in treating otitis media and children with fever and earache should certainly see their doctors.
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