Ouch Mom, My Ear Hurts! Dealing with Ear Infections in Children
To help alleviate pain, the NIH recommends the following over-the-counter and at-home treatments:
If your child is six months or younger and has symptoms of an ear infection, he should see a doctor.
Antibiotics may be prescribed if the infection is caused by bacteria. All children under six months of age are prescribed antibiotics for ear infections, and children under two years will be if they have a fever, are acting sick beyond the ear pain, and have not improved in 24 to 48 hours.
If your child has many ear infections over a short period of time, or if he does not respond to antibiotics, your pediatrician may recommend ear tubes. Ear tubes are tiny tubes inserted into the eardrums that keep a small hole open that allows air to get in so fluid can drain more easily. This procedure requires general anesthesia, and the tubes usually fall out on their own over time.
If enlarged adenoids are the cause of your child's ear infections, surgical removal of these may be considered, especially if he continues to suffer from several infections.