PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ear infections are a major cause of pain and discomfort for children. The most common cause of ear symptoms in children is a middle ear infection and this is called otitis media.

Children with ear infections often tug or rub at their ears. It is important to know additional symptoms that may occur with otitis media and other ear problems, since many infants and children cannot clearly communicate to you where they feel pain or other symptoms.

The following symptoms may be observed with infants and children who are experiencing ear symptoms: fussiness, inattentiveness, irritability and poor feeding are common. For many years it was a reflex for doctors to treat ear infections with antibiotics but we have learned that many cases are caused by viruses and antibiotics are not needed. But, if a child has pain and symptoms like fever you should check in with your doctor.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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