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An ear infection happens when germs such as viruses or bacteria get into the middle ear. This can often happen during or after your child has a cold or runny nose. Middle ear infections are very common and occur a lot in kids under 4, because of their ear tubes being smaller. Many of these ear infections go away by themselves and some may need antibiotics. Because the ear infection is in the middle ear, it is not contagious.

 If the infection is in the outer ear, the part closest to the ear lobe, it is called an outer ear infection. Outer ear infections can occur after kids swim. These are not contagious either and usually just need some antibiotic eardrops to make them get better.

If you think your child has an ear infection, see your doctor. But remember, it will get better soon!

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