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