A to Z: Otitis Media (Ear Infection)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.otitis media, ear infections, middle ear infections, otitis media in children, otitis media in preschoolers, otitis media in toddlers, otitis media in teens, otitis media in gradeschoolers, ear infection in children, ear infection in preschoolers, ear infection in toddlers, ear infection in gradeschoolers, ear infection in teens, ears, infections, ear tubes, ear pain, ears hurt, infected ears, otitis, media, mediuh, otietis, middle-ear infections, middle-ear07/12/201204/10/201909/02/2019e1a265ed-3725-402f-993b-434c447e18aehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otitis-media.html/<p><em>Also called: Ear Infection; Earache</em></p> <p>Otitis media (oh-TY-tus ME-dee-uh) is an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">infection of the middle ear</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">Bacteria and viruses</a> can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear, leading to&nbsp;infection. This creates pain and pressure.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>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 <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections.html/">ear tube surgery</a>.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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Can I Prevent Ear Infections When My Child Swims?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections-swimming.html/d9ee4200-b077-41a5-9d1b-22d80cb27d41
Ear Tube SurgeryMany kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections.html/add2e377-3c66-403c-8c8a-eb82911bcc54
First Aid: EarachesAn earache requires a visit to the doctor's office. Here's what to do if your child complains of ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earaches-sheet.html/c807a9b3-43a8-4e9c-b132-9c8d95d121a7
Hearing Evaluation in ChildrenHearing problems can be overcome if they're caught early, so it's important to get your child's hearing screened early and checked regularly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/f867639c-fb49-46cc-a897-8386816dad97
Hearing ImpairmentHearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hearing-impairment.html/66d2cedf-4bea-4da5-b6f2-62fd222fd246
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c
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