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How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Otitis Media

The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2.
Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked.

In brief: Otitis Media

The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2.
Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked.
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Dr. Patrick Melder
excellent answer! See your local ENT if the fluid persists beyong three months or you notice a decrease in hearing.
Dr. Martin Raff
Agree entirely. Particularly concerning the potential for hearing loss. This can be subtle but if you suspect any changes, see your doctor.
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