Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “EAR ALERTS“ to remember about the Warning Signs of Otitis Media
E: Elevated Temperature
Remember that a fever can often be an early sign of trouble in the ear.
A: Abrupt Hearing Changes
Sudden alterations in hearing might be a key indicator of Otitis Media.
R: Recurrent Tugging at the Ear
Frequent pulling or tugging at the ear can signal discomfort or pain.
A: Averse to Bright Lights
Sensitivity to light might accompany ear issues and should not be ignored.
L: Lack of Appetite
A decrease in appetite can be associated with the discomfort caused by ear problems.
E: Excessive Irritability
Unexplained crankiness or fussiness may be a subtle sign of ear trouble.
R: Restlessness During Sleep
Difficulty sleeping or restless nights could indicate ear-related discomfort.
T: Throat Complaints
Otitis Media can sometimes cause a sore throat or discomfort while swallowing.
S: Sudden Fluid Drainage
Any unexpected discharge from the ear should raise concerns and be evaluated promptly.