Bacteria and viruses
can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear, leading to infection. This creates
pain and pressure.
Without treatment, otitis media can cause hearing loss. An ear infection that causes
hearing loss may affect speech and language development in a young child.
Keep in Mind
Most ear infections are painful but clear up without any lasting problems. A doctor
can determine whether treatment with antibiotics can help. If a child has a history
of many ear infections, a doctor might recommend ear
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