Toddler (2-3 Years)
Your toddler wakes up in the middle of the night, howling. You’re no stranger to 2 a.m. wakeup calls, and he’s just getting over a cold, but you’ve never heard him cry quite like this before. When you finally calm him down enough to tell you what hurts, he says it’s his ear. Ah, an ear infection (acute otitis media). An estimated three out of four children get at least one ear infection by the time they’re 3, making it the most commonly diagnosed illness apart from the common cold in young children in the United States. But your kid is clearly in a lot of pain. Do you call the doctor in the middle of the night? Can it wait until morning? What should you do? Read on.