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Ear infections are a bacterial or viral infection in the middle ear (behind the eardrum), or external ear that causes painful inflammation and fluid buildup. Ear infections are the most common childhood illness after colds and flu.
Symptoms of an ear infection can include:
What your child may say or do about their discomfort:
How to keep them comfortable:
Ear infections may clear up on their own. Your pediatrician may recommend using Children's TYLNEOL® for the pain and fever for a few days—to give the infection a chance to clear up before prescribing antibiotics.
Place a warm (not hot!) heating pad or water bottle over the infected ear to help relieve your child's pain and discomfort.