Status: Baseline only
Most Recent Data:
48.0 per 1,000 children (2018)
43.2 per 1,000
48.0 per 1,000 children under 17 years had 3 or more ear infections in the past 12 months in 2018
Reduce frequent ear infections (otitis media) in children
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS
Ear infections are the most common reason that children see health care providers. They’re also the most common reason that children get antibiotics, which contributes to antibiotic resistance. In addition, some children who get ear infections have temporary hearing loss and speech delays, and many need surgery. Training health care providers to prevent ear infections in children can help reduce frequent infections.