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Ear Infections (Middle Ear Infections or Otitis Media)

The most common reason that children see a physician other than for well child care is for treatment of middle ear infections, otherwise known as otitis media. The middle ear refers to the space just behind the ear drum (tympanic membrane).

There has been an increase of otitis media in the past 25 years, likely due to the increased use of day care facilities.

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Cause of Middle Ear Infections

Signs and Symptoms of Middle Ear Infections

Treatment of Middle Ear Infections

Call Your Child's Doctor If:

Last Updated: 09/2012