Earaches are can be caused by fluid behind the eardrum, an infection in the middle part of the ear or an infection in the ear canal (also known as swimmer's ear). Kids under 5 are at risk for ear infections, especially after upper respiratory infections. Signs and symptoms usually include ear pain (especially when chewing, sucking, or lying down), redness or swelling of the eardrum or outer ear, pulling or rubbing the ears, and/or leakage from the ear.
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