Earaches are common in tamariki (children).
If your child has an earache, they may:
- tug or rub on the painful ear
- have fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
The usual cause of earache in tamariki is middle ear infection (or otitis media). The infection often begins as a cold, sinus infection or throat infection. Bacteria enter the child’s nose or throat then travel up the tubes to their ear. They begin to feel pain as their eardrum becomes swollen and red, and fluid builds up in the air space behind the eardrum.