Ear infections frequently develop during or shortly after another infection, such as a
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- Ear pain (Note: Children who can talk may tell you that their ear hurts. Babies may tug or rub at the ear or face or become irritable.)
- Hearing loss, which resolves with appropriate treatment
- Disturbed sleep
- Decreased appetite or difficulty feeding
- Drainage from the ear (This may appear as blood, clearish fluid, pus, or as a dry crust on the outer portion of the ear after sleeping.)
- Difficulty with balance, frequent falling, sensations of dizziness
Nausea, vomiting, or
- Malaise (feeling of general illness)
Some children with ear infection, particularly chronic otitis, have no symptoms. Their condition may be discovered on examination for some other problem.