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Can you figure out what your child has based on what symptoms they have?

A lot of times you can if they have very classic symptoms.

For example, if you toddler wakes up in the middle of the night with a cough that sounds like a bark, then he likely has croup, a common viral infection.

What about if he is pulling on his ears?

Does that mean that he has an ear infection?

Not always. Some kids just tug on their ears, so especially if he isn’t fussy and hasn’t had a recent cold, tugging might not mean an ear infection.

So how do you know what your child’s symptoms mean?

You can try a symptom checker, but in most cases, if you think your child is sick, especially if the symptoms have been lingering for more than a few days or have been getting worse, call or make an appointment.

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