Parent's Guide: Easing Ear Pain in Kids

Using warm compresses, elevating the baby's head, administering over-the-counter pain relievers, and encouraging rest can help in easing ear pain in kids.

Harleen Kaur
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Parent's Guide: Easing Ear Pain in Kids

Parent's Guide: Easing Ear Pain in Kids


Have you ever been awake by your little one in distress, tugging at their ears? The sight of fussiness disrupted sleep, and even a fever accompanied by fluid draining from the ears can be alarming. When children above the age of 3 can express their ear pain, it’s easier to understand, but when a baby cries in discomfort and we can't pinpoint the cause, it's an anxious moment for parents.

From my own experience, I’ve learned that an ear infection is frequently behind this pain. It arises from viral or bacterial infections, teething, sore throats, infections, or blocked Eustachian tubes.

What might be causing this distressing Ear Pain in Children?

Earaches In Children: Symptoms, Causes, Remedies, and Treatment

Children might express ear pain due to a multitude of reasons:

  • Ear Infections: These infections, such as acute otitis media (AOM), lead to an inflamed and infected middle ear due to viruses or bacteria. Parts of the middle ear are infected and swollen and fluid is trapped behind the eardrum. This causes pain in the ear—commonly called an earache. Your child might also have a fever.
  • Teething Woes: Teething discomfort often extends to the ears, as nerves from the mouth connect to those in the ears.
  • Sinus Troubles: Sinus infections or congestion can cause pressure changes leading to ear discomfort.
  • Blocked Eustachian Tubes: Congestion or inflammation can block these tubes, disrupting pressure balance in the middle ear.
  • Fluid Build-up: Otitis media with effusion (OME) causes fluid accumulation behind the eardrum, creating pressure.
  • Foreign Objects: Occasionally, discomfort arises from foreign objects lodged in the ear canal.
  • Other Issues: Ear injuries or a ruptured eardrum can also cause significant discomfort.

How Can Parents Help If Their Child Complaints of Ear Pain?

From experience and advice from healthcare professionals, I've found these home remedies can offer some relief:

  • Warm Compresses: Place a warm compress carefully over your child's ear for approximately 20 minutes. 
  • Age-appropriate Pain Relief: Consult your doctor for  pain relievers like acetaminophen, and ibuprofen to ease discomfort and reduce fever.
  • Hydration: Encourage fluids to help open the Eustachian tubes.
  • Steam inhalation: If your child's ear pain is because of sinus infections or congestion, Steam inhalation is your saviour. 

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  • Elevating Baby's Head: Elevate the child's head while sleeping to reduce discomfort and pain while sleeping.
  • Using Warm Oil: If there’s no fluid drainage and you don't suspect eardrum rupture, a few drops of room temperature or slightly warmed olive or sesame oil might help.
  • Breastfeed your baby: If your baby is still on breastfeed, Feed the baby to reduce ear pain in infants.

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While these measures can provide temporary relief, seeking guidance from a healthcare professional, especially for persistent or severe symptoms, is crucial to ensure proper care.

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