Coping with Earache
Severe earache is usually a sign of ear infection, particularly in children. Infections of the middle ear (behind the eardrum) are very common among children under ten, especially during winter, and may be associated with a cold. A baby may keep crying and rubbing its ear.
Let the sufferer rest, and to ease pain, give painkillers in the recommended dosage. Cool drinks will help reduce temperature, and replace body fluids lost through fever. Do not probe the ear, and do not use eardrops unless they are prescribed by a doctor.
When to get medical help
See your doctor if:
• Earache persists despite painkillers, such as paracetamol.
• If a child is feverish and crying inconsolably.
• If there is any discharge.