A middle ear infection is a problem that happens when germs grow in the space behind your eardrum. This often happens after a cold or a throat infection. It can cause ear pain, fever, and trouble hearing.

Non-prescription pain medicine may be all you need. Some children may need to take antibiotics.

Current as of: July 29, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics