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and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

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Earache/Ear Infections

Earache is common in childhood and can be caused by inflammation in the middle ear or by a sore throat, by teething or from toothache (see also deafness/hearing problems).

Ear infections (otitis media) in children can result from the common cold may cause earache, fever, flu-like symptoms, vomiting, lethargy and slight deafness. Most cases will clear up within 3 days without any treatment. Babies with ear infections will be hot and irritable.

Babies and young children are also susceptible to pain in the ears during takeoff or landing in an aeroplane; it helps if you offer a young baby a feed or drink during these times and give older children something to chew.

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