Pain from ear infections: What to watch for in children and adults

physician looking at little girl's ear infection.

For parents, nothing is more heartbreaking than to see their child in pain, and pain from ear infections is something many kids will, unfortunately, have to go through at some point. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.

While anyone can get an ear infection, children get them much more often than adults. Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor.

Read on to learn about the different types of ear infections that can strike both children and adults, what signs to look for that indicate you or your child might have pain from an ear infection, and when to go for help.

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