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Health Tip: Detecting Ear Infections in Children

Stop, look and listen for these signals

(HealthDay News) -- It is not always easy to know if your child has an ear infection, especially if he hasn't learned to talk.

If your child is not old enough to say, "My ear hurts," you need to look for warning signals, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says.

Here are a few signs your child might have an ear infection:

  • Does she tug or pull at her ears?
  • Does he cry more than usual?
  • Do you see fluid draining out of her ears?
  • Does he have trouble sleeping?
  • Can she keep her balance?
  • Does he have trouble hearing?
  • Does she seem not to respond to quiet sounds?

If you see any of these signs in your child, call a doctor.

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