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Otitis media in children

What is it?


Who is at high risk for getting ear infections?

Signs and Symptoms:

Wellness Recommendations:

Following are things you can do to decrease the risk of your child getting an ear infection.

Medical Care:

Dietary Measures:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.



Other ways of treating your symptoms:

Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:


Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your child's care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat your child. You always have the right to refuse treatment.


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