Fever and a Possible Ear Infection
It is not uncommon for a viral upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, to be present with a fever that lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Fever that occurs on day 3 or 4 of an upper respiratory infection may be caused by an ear infection. This is especially true if your child has other symptoms, such as fussiness, sleeplessness, or decreased appetite.
Fever may be a sign of an ear infection when:
- Other symptoms, such as ear discomfort, ear rubbing, or Reference pulling at the ears, are severe or do not go away.
- Cold symptoms cleared up but other symptoms, such as fever and ear pain, are still present.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 13, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine