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How to stop an earache fast in children?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Earaches are common in children, and can cause significant discomfort.

An earache, also known as otalgia, happens when there is inflammation or infection in the ear. It can be caused by various factors, including bacterial or viral infections, fluid buildup behind the eardrum, or teething in infants. 

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, often including fever, irritability, and disrupted sleep.

How to spot earache in children

Here are some common signs to look out for in your child if you think they may have an ear infection:

  • Keeps holding or touching the affected ear
  • Has become irritable or fussy
  • Is crying more often than usual
  • Has difficulty hearing some sounds
  • Has a fever (temperature of 38C or above) 
  • Has fluid or pus draining from their ear

How to help a child with earache

If your child is experiencing an earache, there are several ways you can provide comfort and relief:

  • Give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce discomfort and fever (do not give your child ibuprofen if they under 6 months old)

     

  • Apply a warm cloth to the affected ear to soothe pain and reduce inflammation

     

  • Lift their head slightly using an extra pillow to reduce pressure in the ear

     

  • Provide comforting activities or distractions, such as listening to calming music or playing a quiet game, to help your child relax and take their mind off the pain

Frequently asked questions about earache in children

What causes earaches in children?

Common causes of earaches in children include ear infections, fluid buildup, and teething. Other factors may include allergies or foreign objects in the ear canal.

How can I ease my child's earache at home?

Home remedies for child’s earache include warm compress, over-the-counter painkillers, and keeping the affected ear elevated while resting. Consult a pharmacist if symptoms persist.

When should I seek medical advice for my child's earache?

Speak with a pharmacist if your child’s earache is severe, lasts more than a day, or is accompanied by fever, drainage from the ear, or difficulty hearing.

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