|1. Let’s get started with a bit of a big picture question to help me learn about you and [child]. In your own words, please tell me everything that led up to [child] being diagnosed with an ear infection.|
|2. What led you to think that [child] might have some ear troubles?|
3. Sometimes children do specific things that we think might tell us they are having ear trouble.|
a. [For each sign/symptom mentioned]: What behaviors were you noticing [child] doing?
b. How did you first notice that [child] was having [symptom]?
c. If the child is >1 year old, ask “what words did your child use to communicate the [symptom]?
d. What did you think was causing the [symptom]?
e. What was it like for you to see [child] do [behavior]?
4. Of all the symptoms you mentioned, which ones do you think were the most bothersome to [child]?|
a. Which of those symptoms were the most bothersome to *you*?
5. Once you noticed [child] your child’s symptoms, what did you do?|
a. How could you tell that the symptoms were getting worse?
|6. Tell me about how you decided you needed to seek help. What was the thing that pushed you to call your pediatrician?|
|7. Did you think your child was in pain? If so, how could you tell?|
8. Can you spend some time telling me about how you’d know whether [child]’s ear troubles are fixed? What would that look like?|
a. Some parents say that they feel confident that their child is better when they do certain things or stop doing other things.
|9. Now that we are wrapping up, is there anything else you would like to share with me or that you think is important for us to know?|