- Your child has a headache, stiff neck and light hurts their eyes and/or is very sleepy and confused?
CALL 111 OR SEE YOUR EMERGENCY GP if any of the following are present
- Your child has injured their ear or stuck something into it
- Your is child very distressed, with pain that has not been helped by painkillers such as paediatric paracetamol oral suspension (available from pharmacists)
- There yellow or blood-stained liquid (a discharge) coming from the ear
- Your child has a rash
- You think your child is getting worse
- Your child has lumps behind their ear
IF NONE OF THE ABOVE APPLY…
It is safe to manage this problem yourself at home. Earache is a common and unpleasant symptom in childhood. Most ear infections will clear up on their own and without antibiotics. There are ways you can help relieve the symptoms.
- A painkiller, such as paediatric paracetamol oral suspension (available from pharmacists), will help relieve the pain.
- Place your child in an upright position with pillows.
- Keep your child away from smoky environments.
- Don’t let your child drink from a bottle while they are lying down.
- Don’t give decongestants as they will not help to relieve symptoms.
- Never poke any objects into the ear (for example, cotton buds) as they often pack the wax tighter and can damage the ear.
- Avoid swimming or getting water in the ear until pain has subsided.
- If the condition gets worse or new symptoms develop, Call 111
- If you are still worried, call Call 111