Otitis media is the most common diagnosis in ill children in America. This condition primarily affects children from infants to preschoolers. Nearly all kids have at least one encounter with an ear infection before the age of six. There is a tube in the ear called the Eustachian tube. This tube is shorter in children than in adults; it allows easy entry of bacteria and viruses, leading to a middle ear infection. When this occurs, it results in acute otitis media.
The symptoms of ear infection usually appear quickly. The signs and symptoms for children consist of the following:
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