Ear infections are common in children and often happen after child had a cold. If fluid builds up behind the eardrum and gets infected, middle ear infections happen. Fluid may press on the eardrum from inside causing a bulge.
Occasionally fluid may be present in the ear canal for weeks to months after the infection is gone. It may cause mild and temporary hearing loss that can cause language and learning problems in high-risk children.
Children with an ear infection may pull on affected ear, have a fever, loss of appetite and be less active, fussy and have vomiting or diarrhea.
Oral antibiotics is a treatment of choice for Otitis Media. Sometimes, if infection does not look severe and patient has minimal symptoms, doctors may choose observations and re-examination in 24 hours.
For frequent inner ear infections and persistent build-up of fluid in the ear small tubes are placed in the eardrum to drain the fluid.