Understanding Middle Ear Infections
Call the doctor’s office if you notice any signs of a middle ear infection.
Middle ear infections are most common in children under age 5. Crankiness, a slight fever, tugging or rubbing the ear may all be signs that your child has a middle ear infection. It is important to call the doctor if you notice these or any of the signs listed below.
Middle ear infections occur behind the eardrum (the thin sheet of tissue that passes sound waves between the outer and middle ear). These infections are usually due to bacteria or viruses, which are often related to a recent cold or allergy problem.
Signs of Middle Ear Problems