Ear Infections: When to Consider Ear Tubes (Infographic)

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3 ear infections in 6 months or 4 ear infections in 12 months: HealthHub Number from Cleveland Clinic

When an infant has an ear infection, it can be hard to recognize. You watch for a telltale sign, such as tugging on the ear, but as a parent, you may simply find yourself in the wee hours with your little one trying to console the seemingly inconsolable.

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At least 0lder kids can tell you what they’re feeling, whether it be pain, fullness in their ear, blocked up hearing, or discomfort.

Ear infections are a common part of childhood, though adults are not immune. Typical remedies include treating individual infections with doctor visits and antibiotics or, for chronic cases, using antibiotics long-term to prevent infections.

However, in some circumstances, when these remedies aren’t working well enough, a child might need what we commonly call ear tubes, or tympanostomy tubes. 

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3 ear infections in 6 months or 4 ear infections in 12 months: HealthHub Number from Cleveland Clinic

 

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