Ear infections

Ear infections can occur at any age. Your child may have an ear infection if they keep crying, are grizzly, keep rubbing or pulling their ears or get a runny ear or a fever. If they are not hearing well, they may have glue ear.

They will need to see the doctor if they have any of these symptoms.

If the doctor prescribes antibiotics your child needs to finish all the medicine to make sure the infection is completely clear. Antibiotics are not always needed.

To help prevent ear infections keep your baby in smoke-free areas, breastfeed and feed your baby in an upright position. Teach older children how to blow their nose.


For help and advice call PlunketLine 0800 933 922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your child is sick please call Healthline, 0800 611 116, New Zealand's 24-hour telephone health advice service. All calls are answered by registered nurses.
In an emergency phone 111.
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