Ear Infections | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • My ear hurts and itches. Could I have swimmer’s ear?
  • How can I make my child more comfortable?
  • When should I call my doctor?
  • If my child has frequent ear infections, will he/she have to have ear tubes?
  • If my child gets several ear infections, could he/she have trouble hearing?
  • Is there anything I can do to help my child hear better?
  • My child has allergies. Will he/she be more likely to get ear infections?
  • When will my doctor prescribe antibiotics for my child?
  • How often will my child need to see the doctor if he/she has frequent ear infections?
  • If fluid drains from my child’s ear, should I call the doctor right away?


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Reviewed/Updated: 05/16
Created: 01/99