Megan - posted on 11/01/2010
I still have horrible ear infections and I can say for me, a warm washcloth or heating pad is best. I actually took a sock and filled the toe with rice, I toss it in the microwave then put it on my ear for a while and it helps like nothing else will. Also keep her propped up some so they can drain if they start to. Also, a real gentle rub down the sides of the jaw (from right under the ear down) always seemed to help my son. Poor little one, they hurt!
Oh, and I always found rocking hurt worse than not, but my sister's daughter settles better with rocking.
Nadine - posted on 06/15/2010
Hello there. Apparently lying down flat on their backs makes their ears throb badly, so maybe try having your little one lying on their tummy or prop them up alittle with a flat pillow. Poor bubs and poor mummy! Hope she feels better soon.
Donna - posted on 04/05/2010
Hi Erica, is your little cutting her back teeth as this can cause pain at the far back of the mouth causing the child to pull on their ears as if they have earache, if you are able to get them try Ashton and Parsons teething powders, they are a herbal powder but they not only help with teething but with fever, stomach upset and loose bowels so they may help to give a little comfort. Wish your little one well from me
Meghan - posted on 04/02/2010
Poor girl!! Amy is right tho, if you have taken her to the doc and he didn't give antibiotics it is viral and you shouldn't use antibiotics for viral infections. LIke all the other mom's said, tylenol, warm compress and lots of cuddles!!! Hope she get's better soon!
Iridescent - posted on 04/02/2010
Ear infections are often viral and antibiotics won't help, but sometimes they are bacterial. Most doctors are able to tell the difference by appearance (they look visibly different on exam). If it's bacterial only, request antibiotics. Otherwise they can harm your child, cause secondary infections (usually yeast), and are pointless. You can request ear drops for pain control though, and they work quite well. They are prescription only.
Warm compresses help, too, as others have said. Ibuprofen is more effective to help swelling and pain, so request the appropriate dosage for your child so you can give it.
Michelle - posted on 04/02/2010
Call the doctor for sure. Because my daughter's fever was so high from it they actually authorized infant Advil & infant Tylenol, alternated every two hours. It helped keep the fever down and she was able to sleep a little better. Inside of 24 hour the antibiotics started working and she felt much better by the end of the 2nd day of treatment.
It's awful but you'll live through it. She's only had a couple but I got them continually as a child.
Kristin - posted on 04/02/2010
First, take her to her doctor. You may need antibiotics and dosing info for pain relief, tylenol and/or ibuprofen. Second, distraction is a wonderful thing. Warm cloths over her ears can help, but so will a warm, steamy bath. Get a humidifier, keeps things moving. Help her to sleep with her head elevated a little. Just give lots of snuggles or whatever she needs.
Hope she feels better soon.
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