Ear infections are likely one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor.

What are the symptoms?

  • Unexplained crying
  • Crankiness or fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tugging at ears (this may also be a sign of teething)
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Unexplained fever
  • Trouble hearing quiet sounds

How does it spread?

  • May be caused by a respiratory infection, but is not contagious.

What can you do as a parent to help your child?

  • Offer your child fluids and encourage him or her to rest
  • Give acetaminophen (such as Tempra®) or ibuprofen for fever. The Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend giving ibuprofen to babies under 6 months old without first talking to your physician
  • See your doctor; an antibiotic may be required