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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Ear Pain in Infants and Children

Your child does not have severe ear pain, fever, or drainage from his ear. Ear pain that did not start suddenly or is only mild (slight) is less likely to be caused by a middle ear infection that needs antibiotics.

Let's think about other possible causes for his pain.

Is it possible that your child put something in his ear?

Can you see anything in his ear or can you see blood inside?

Yes, I see blood or something else inside the ear.

No, I don't see blood or anything else inside the ear.

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