Care for Kids' Ears Talking Book

Page last updated: 10 December 2013

Two smiling children with arms around each other.

Strong hearing, strong start.

Health professional comforting a young child who is experiencing ear pain.

Ear disease is serious. It can lead to loss of hearing forever.

Health professional checking a baby’s ear.

Kids are not born with ear infections, but they can get an ear infection soon after birth.

Young girl with runny nose.
Young child with hand pressing her ear.
Baby with runny fluid or pus from ear.

Kids might have ear disease if they:

  • have a cold (runny nose, coughing, sore throat)
  • pain or fever
  • runny fluid or pus from their ear.
Young child pulling at ear, being held by a carer.
Young child pulling at her ear indicating trouble hearing and pain.
Young child refusing food.

Get your kids’ ears checked if they:

  • are pulling at their ears
  • can’t hear you properly
  • have diarrhoea or vomiting, or aren’t eating.

Baby sitting on female carer’s lap having ears checked by health professional at a clinic.

Even if kids have no symptoms, you should get their ears checked regularly.

A health professional giving medication to a mother for her child.

Ear disease can be prevented and treated.

Health professional checking young child’s ear.
Child washing hands.
Young child blowing nose with tissue.


  • get ears checked
  • wash hands and faces
  • blow nose and put tissues in the bin and eat healthy food.
No smoking graphic
Young child putting a foreign object in his ear.
Woman cleaning child’s ear with cotton bud.

Don’t: smoke around kids
Don’t: put anything in kids’ ears.

With healthy ears kids can:

Baby sitting on female carer’s lap, reading a story about ear health.

  • learn language
  • talk
  • read
  • listen.

Health workers

Keep kids’ ears healthy by getting them checked regularly by a health worker, nurse or doctor and following their advice about treatments.

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