Ear infections most commonly occur when there is inflammation in the space between the eardrum and the inner ear. It often is associated with colds and sore throats. Symptoms include ear pain, fever, fussiness, tugging on the ears, difficulty hearing, and fluid draining from the ear. They are very common, especially in the first two years of life.
Ear infections can only be diagnosed by a provider who examines the child’s eardrums. If an ear shows signs of an infection, an antibiotic medication may help treat it. Pain medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help relieve some symptoms. Usually the symptoms improve after a few days.