Acute otitis media (AOM) is an infection of the middle ear involving the eardrum .

Symptoms of otitis in children :

The signs can be misleading, especially in children and infants. Think of acute otitis media when :

– the child touches his or her ear often

– the child cries, is irritable, has difficulty falling asleep

– has a lack of appetite

– presents digestive disorders, very misleading with diarrhea and vomiting

-presents a decrease in hearing (the child does not react to weak sounds).


The symptoms of acute otitis media in adults

– pulsating pain (rhythmic with the heartbeat) in the ear, which can radiate into the head

– a sensation of blocked ear, of reduced hearing.

– sometimes ringing in the ears or feelings of dizziness

A doctor should be consulted to confirm the diagnosis of AOM and to decide whether antibiotic treatment is appropriate.