Health Tip: Treating an Earache08/08/11
(HealthDay News) -- Ear infections can cause big pain in little
ears. But you and your child's doctor can take steps to help ease
the pain and discomfort.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to ease
- If antibiotics are prescribed for a bacterial infection, follow
the pediatrician's directions carefully.
- After consulting with the doctor, offer acetaminophen or
ibuprofen. Never give your child aspirin, because it can cause a
rare but life-threatening condition called Reye's syndrome in kids
- Place a warm (not hot) heating pad over the sore ear.
- Use any pain-relieving ear drops prescribed by your child's
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