We all want children to have a strong start to life. That’s why hearing is so important. When a child’s ears are healthy, they can:
- learn language and talking;
- listen to family stories;
- listen to music;
- talk with family and friends;
- be good at school;
- feel good about themselves; and
- get a job later in life.
You can keep children’s ears healthy by getting them checked regularly by a health worker, nurse or doctor, even if they seem okay.
It is also important to know the symptoms of ear disease in case your child’s ears get sick.
Symptoms of ear disease
Signs of a cold
(coughing, sore throat, runny nose)
Kids pulling ears
Pain in ear
Runny fluid or pus
Can't hear properly
Diarrhoea or vomiting
Parents and carers can help prevent ear disease by:
Getting kids ears checked regularly.
Feed kids healthy foods like fruit and vegetables.
Keep kids clean
(wash their hands and face regularly).
Make sure kids get all their vaccinations.
Get kids to blow their nose.
Breastfeed as it helps fight infection.
Don't smoke around kids.
Don't stick anything in kids' ears,
(unless recommended by a health worker, nurse or doctor).
Fast facts - ear disease
Knowing the facts about ear disease is important.
- Fact: Children are not born with ear infections but they can get an ear infection soon after birth.
- Fact: Too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have ear disease.
- Fact: Ear disease can lead to loss of hearing forever.
- Fact: Children can have ear disease with no symptoms.
- Fact: Ear disease can be prevented and treated.