Child Care & First Aid : How to Treat an Ear Ache

You or your child has an earache and you’re
wondering what to do about that. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, health and wellness
consultant, here with a few tips and strategies for you. The first thing that you might consider
with a child with an earache, is to see if they’re able to clear their ears. And you
can give them, for example a piece of gum or something to chew, and see if they they’re
able to pop their ears and if that helps reduce the pain. Another strategy would be a decongestant.
If you’re dealing with a child that’s over about 3 or an adult, you can try something
like Sudafed, or another decongestant over the counter, and see if taking something that
opens up that tube that goes between the ear and the back of your nose, it’s called the
eustation tube, if you can un-congest that tube, you might be able to resolve the ear
pain. You can also try heat on the ear, you can do that with a washcloth that you wring
out, and put on the ear, hold it on the ear, that moist heat can make it feel better. Another
thing that can help is some warm oil, you can even use something like olive oil, you
can put it in a little cup and run some water in the sink, and put the cup, hold the cup,
so that it gets warm, and then use a drop or pour a little bit into the ear. However,
if those things don’t help, if the onset of the earache was quick and it happened after
a cold, if it involves a fever, you might be in a situation where you have an ear infection,
a bacterial ear infection, and an antibiotic might be helpful for you. If those cases exist,
please call your physician and get an appointment so that they can look in your ear and see
what’s going on there. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP health and wellness consultant,
and I hope that your ear pain is quickly resolved.


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