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Ever have frequent ear infections

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For sample persons under age 18, EARINFREQYR indicates if the child ever had frequent or repeated ear infections. The inquiry did not require the problem to be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional, and the term "ear infections" and "frequent or repeated" were respondent-defined.


The Manual instructed interviewers to circle the condition (repeated frequent) for future reference, but the NHIS and IPUMS NHIS do not provide additional variables to distinguish the two.

The question for EARINFREQYR was part of a series of questions on child health conditions in the 1988 Supplement on Child Health.

Related Variables

Along with EARINFREQYR, respondents were asked if the child ever had any of 33 conditions, and respondents could also specify up to three conditions not directly included in the inquiry.


The condition list also included:

  • TONSILSEV, ever had repeated tonsilitis or enlargement of the tonsils or adenoids


From 1997 forward, the variable EARINFYR, had three or more ear infections in the last 12 months, is available for all sample children.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1988