What are the common causes of earache in children?
The most common cause of earache in children is an infection. Ear infections often happen with or after, your child has had a cold or the flu. These are some of the common causes of earache in children:
Flying in airplanes may temporarily cause pain in the ear for babies and small children because the pressure in the air changes and until the ear adapts to it this can push the eardrum in stretching it which can cause pain especially if they have a cold.
What are the symptoms of earache?
An earache may be particularly unpleasant and painful for your child. If your little one has an ear ache, you may notice any of these signs:
• Rubbing or pulling at the ear
• Irritability or crying
• Refusing to feed or off their food
• Hearing problems or not responding to sounds
• Fever (a temperature of 38°C or higher)
• Clumsiness or balance problems
• Pain in both or one ear
How can you help to relieve your child’s ear ache?
Thankfully, most ear aches are caused by an ear infection in children, which should clear up on their own, in about 3 days. There are also things you can do to help ease your child’s ear pain.
Remember: Don’t let water into your child’s ear and don’t try to remove wax or put a cotton bud, oil or ear drops in their ear, unless advised by your doctor.
When should you take your child with earache to a doctor?
If you’re concerned or your child’s earache hasn’t improved within 3 days, you should see your doctor. You should also take your little one to the doctor if they:
Or have additional symptoms such as, if they
It’s common for little ones to have earache. Fortunately, your little one’s ear ache is likely to get better on its own. With your help, love and care, they should feel much better in a few days.