Questions and answers

Page last updated: 05 December 2013

Answer: No, children are not born with ear infections but they can get an ear infection soon after birth.

Answer: Yes, it is common for children to have an ear infection with no symptoms.

Answer: Every child is different. It is best to check with your health worker, nurse or doctor before allowing children to swim.

Answer: Ears are connected to the nose by a tube (called the Eustachian tube). When your nose has a cold, your ears can get sick too. Your child’s ears should be checked every time you visit the health worker, nurse or doctor.

Answer: No, ear disease is not normal. It is a medical condition that should be treated by a health professional.

Answer: No, ear disease is not contagious.