First Aid: Earachesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Earaches-enHD.jpgAn earache requires a visit to the doctor's office. Here's what to do if your child complains of ear pain.ear infection, ear infections, infection, infections, earaches, earache, ear ache, ear aches, throbbing ear, ear pain, pain in the ear, pain on in inside of the ear, otitis, otitis media, acute otitis media, otitis media with effusion, chronic otitis media, inflammation, eardrums, eardrum, ear drum, trouble hearing, problems hearing, difficulty hearing, hearing, hear, hears, pulling at ear, pulling at ears, fussiness, fussy, crying, constant crying, middle ears, middle ear, ears, ear, ear canal, outer ear canals, eustachian tubes, eustachian tube, air pressure, pus, hearing loss, respiratory infections, cold, common cold, ruptured eardrums, bacteria, swelling, congestion, secondhand smoke and ear infections, otorhinolaryngology, otolaryngology, ENT, ear nose and throat, ear tube surgery, CD1Myringotomy10/20/200906/20/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/01/2018c807a9b3-43a8-4e9c-b132-9c8d95d121a7https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earaches-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <h3>What Are Earaches?</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otalgia.html/">Earaches</a> in children are common. They can be caused by fluid behind the eardrum, an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">infection in the middle part of the ear</a>, or an infection in the ear canal (also known as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/">swimmer's ear</a>). Kids under 5 years old are at a higher risk for ear infections, especially after upper respiratory infections (like a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a>).</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of an Ear Infection?</h3> <ul> <li>ear pain (especially when chewing, sucking, or lying down)</li> <li>redness or swelling of the outer ear</li> <li>pulling or rubbing the ears</li> <li>leakage from the ear</li> <li>trouble hearing</li> <li>ear fullness or popping</li> <li>fussiness</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a></li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Call the doctor for advice or to have your child's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ears</a> checked.</li> <li>Give <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> as needed to relieve pain (check instructions carefully for correct amount). Don't give ibuprofen to an infant under 6 months of age.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if:</h3> <ul> <li>your child seems ill while on antibiotics</li> <li>your child has trouble taking liquids</li> <li>the ear drains pus-like fluid or blood</li> <li>the ear pain worsens</li> <li>there is swelling and redness behind the ear</li> <li>the ear begins to stick out from the side of the head</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Make sure your kids get the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumococcal-vaccine.html/">pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)</a> and the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine.html/">flu vaccine</a>, which may reduce their odds of getting middle ear infections.</li> <li>Do not <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/remove-wax.html/">clean ears</a> with cotton swabs or sharp objects.</li> <li>Avoid <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/secondhand-smoke.html/">secondhand smoke</a> and anyone with a cold (both can increase the likelihood of ear infections).</li> <li>Make sure kids get in the habit of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">washing their hands</a>, especially after playing around other kids.</li> <li>Don't give a bottle when your baby is lying down.</li> <li>Ask the doctor if earplugs and special ear drops are a good idea for a child who swims a lot.</li> </ul>
A to Z: Impacted CerumenLearn more about imnpacted earwax build-up, which can cause temporary hearing loss and ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impacted-cerumen.html/4c7dfdd9-0544-4830-81ec-94f7e9dbc7ad
A to Z: Otalgia (Ear Pain)Learn about otalgia, more commonly known as ear pain or earache.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otalgia.html/2b8c30d7-8555-4105-b7ca-702745d6a875
A to Z: Otitis Media (Ear Infection)Learn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otitis-media.html/e1a265ed-3725-402f-993b-434c447e18ae
A to Z: OtorrheaLearn more about otorrhea, discharge from the external part of the ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otorrhea.html/e3ff6b3c-daa7-4670-ab83-078e92195969
Activity: EarsDo you know your ears? Label these ear parts.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bfs-earsactivity.html/39b37529-dbb5-4d47-86f8-fe88ad17671e
Answers: EarsHow the Body Works The Ear Activity solutionhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bfs-earsanswers.html/51c86728-cc1c-4153-8baf-fae0cdc25e69
Can Chronic Ear Infections Cause Long-Term Hearing Loss?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears-hearing.html/f1d4a512-3215-4d14-a0c1-0b0e90660ff6
Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears?Loud music can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Learn how to protect your ears so you won't be saying, "Huh? What did you say?"https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/rock-music.html/4f1d6c6d-b485-4f3c-8755-268031bd53b3
Dealing With EarwaxEarwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/951981fb-6281-41be-8563-200c9d3d6c87
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Ear Tube SurgeryMany kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections.html/add2e377-3c66-403c-8c8a-eb82911bcc54
EarsHearing is their main job, but it's not all your ears do. Find out all about them in this body basics article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ears.html/0e069e5b-afbe-4a02-91fb-cf89eac5a427
Flying and Your Child's EarsThat weird ear-popping sensation is a normal part of air travel. Here's how to help equalize the air pressure in your child's ears to prevent or decrease ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flying-ears.html/c0dec4ea-ae46-44a8-adc4-e448e50617b6
Is Earwax Removal Safe?Is it OK to use cotton swabs to remove earwax?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/remove-wax.html/1d6f462b-a1eb-4bef-9b0b-8cd77296a96d
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Quiz: EarsTake this quiz about your ears.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/earquiz.html/0514305e-cda7-422e-9eff-cc258384800a
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/da79a667-8579-45a4-bb16-268bfd4c4005
Taking Care of Your EarsHow do you take care of your ears? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-care.html/9bc04e54-3fe6-452c-8d9f-989c34ec781e
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c
Word Find: EarsFind the hidden words about ears.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bfs-earswordsearch.html/4d34c252-8361-4a06-9d41-e9d7b088682c
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4
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