Ear infections occur when mucus blocks the passages in the ears called eustachian tubes. This happens frequently in children because their eustachian tubes are shorter, so they become more easily blocked. Signs your child may have an ear infection include: fever, ear pain and difficulty hearing. Many ear infections clear up within two or three days. You should talk to your pediatrician if the condition persists longer.
Something to Chew On
Soothe your child's achy ear by placing a warm (but not hot) heating pad on the ear. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help relieve earache pain. For children old enough, chewing gum may also help relieve pressure inside the ear.
Stop a Cold, Stop an Earache
Because many children's ear infections develop out of colds, you can help prevent future earaches by keeping germ traffic in your household to a minimum. That means lots of hand-washing for everybody, and no sharing of glasses, eating utensils or towels.
Now Hear This
Secondhand smoke is a risk factor for ear infections in children. It can make them more frequent and severe. While permanent hearing loss due to an ear infection is rare, your child's chances increase with the number of ear infections. You already have so many reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more.
Children's MOTRIN® contains ibuprofen, a medicine that can reduce high fevers and relieve the minor aches and pains. It can be difficult to get a sick child to eat or drink—and that makes it harder for them to get better. So give that fever the cold shoulder with Children's MOTRIN® which lasts up to eight hours.
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