Chronic middle ear infection is a very common medical condition affecting young children. Middle ear infection is one of the most common childhood illnesses that causes them to visit a physician, says Dr. Leonard Rybak, professor of otolaryngology at SIU School of Medicine. Nearly two-thirds of children in the U.S. will have one episode of middle ear infection by age 1.
And three out of four children will have this infection by age 3. Dr. Rybak explains some symptoms of a child’s ear infection.
Dr. Rybak says children with ear infections may have fever and their ears may drain or they may awaken in the night crying. If a child is too young to talk, they may pull on their ears.