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How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

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Dr. Michael Olds
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: When comfortable

If the ear infection seemed to occur independently of other symptoms (no cough, significant nasal drainage, etc.
) then they are unlikely to be a high risk of passing infection to others. The limiting factor is going to be their comfort. If they are not requiring pain medication or feverish, they can probably return to school without significant concern.

In brief: When comfortable

If the ear infection seemed to occur independently of other symptoms (no cough, significant nasal drainage, etc.
) then they are unlikely to be a high risk of passing infection to others. The limiting factor is going to be their comfort. If they are not requiring pain medication or feverish, they can probably return to school without significant concern.
Dr. Michael Olds
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Quick

Ear infections are not contagious.
It is usually a viral infection (in children) that causes the ear infection - that is what is contagious.

In brief: Quick

Ear infections are not contagious.
It is usually a viral infection (in children) that causes the ear infection - that is what is contagious.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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