When to seek medical advice

Talk to your doctor if your child:

  • Has discharge of blood or pus from the ear
  • Has an earache accompanied by a fever
  • Pulls or scratches at his or her ears
  • Isn't responding to sounds consistently
  • Is an infant and exhibits sleeplessness or painful crying during a cold


Find possible causes of earache based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your child's symptom.

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