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Ear infections are common and children are most often affected by this condition. Ear infections usually go away on their own within a week or two, but sometimes need treatment with antibiotics.
Otitis media (middle ear infection)
Otitis media (middle ear infection) is very common in children and often disappears by itself. However, it sometimes needs treatment and can also affect adults.
Coughs, colds and ear infections in children
It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds per year. Read this article to find out more about common childhood ailments.
Grommets are tiny tubes inserted into the eardrum after repeated ear infections or ‘glue ear’. Learn more here about how to care for a child with grommets.
Ear conditions may be caused by problems in the ear, the neck, sinuses or head. Babies and children are more vulnerable to ear infection. Learn more here.
Earache is common, especially in children. The pain is generally the result of an ear infection. You should see a doctor if it persists, you feel nauseous or have a fever.
Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)
Swimmer's ear is an inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal. There are several things you can do to prevent it.
Glue ear is a condition where the liquid inside your middle ear gets trapped and becomes thick. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and treatment.
A perforated eardrum is a common problem. A myringoplasty can prevent infections and sometimes improve your child's hearing.
Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the balancing centre in your inner ear. Here’s how it may come about, symptoms to look out for and treatment options.