Ear Infection Myths and Facts

  • Which of these may be a symptom of an ear infection in infants?

     

    A. Hard to settle or calm down

     

    B. Crying more than usual

     

    C. Fever

     

    D. Trouble sleeping

     

    E. All of the above

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  • Chances are your child will have an ear infection.

     

    A. Myth

     

    B. Fact

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  • Doctors use a special instrument to check for an ear infection.

     

    A. Myth

     

    B. Fact

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  • This can help ease the pain from an ear infection:

     

    A. Applying a warm cloth or warm water bottle to the ear

     

    B. Using over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears or prescription ear drops

     

    C. Taking over-the-counter medications for pain or fever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

     

    D. All of the above

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  • Ear infections are more common in children because kids don’t clean their ears.

     

    A. Myth

     

    B. Fact

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  • When an ear infection doesn’t go away on its own, your child may need:

     

    A. Cough syrup

     

    B. Antibiotics

     

    C. Bandages

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  • Doctors may recommend that a child have ear tube surgery if:

     

    A. The infection does not go away with the usual medical treatment

     

    B. The child has many ear infections over a short period of time

     

    C. Both A and B

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  • Ear infections can cause short-term hearing loss.

     

    A. Myth

     

    B. Fact

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  • Call your child's doctor if you notice the following:

     

    A. Your child has a high fever or severe pain

     

    B. Pain, fever, or acting ill that does not get better within 24 to 48 hours

     

    C. Symptoms that get worse

     

    D. New symptoms such as severe headache, dizziness, swelling around the ear, or twitching of the face muscles

     

    E. All of the above

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  • Breastfeeding reduces a child’s risk for ear infections.

     

    A. Myth

     

    B. Fact

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