Acute Otitis Media
Alternate Names : Middle Ear Infection
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
The symptoms of otitis media vary depending upon the age of the child. An infant with an acute infection of the middle ear may show the following symptoms:
loss of appetite
restlessness and interrupted sleep
tugging or batting at the ear
In an older child, symptoms of an ear infection can include:
ataxia, or loss of balance
drainage from the ear
vomiting and diarrhea
If the infection is more severe, the eardrum may bulge. There may be pus behind the eardrum. If the drum has ruptured, there is often clear or pus-like material in the ear canal.