RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EAR ACHES
Earaches often, but not always, mean ear infections. If the pain can be controlled, you can wait to make an appointment until the office is open.
EAR PAIN RELIEF
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen can be helpful in relieving ear pain. If we have previously prescribed an ear anesthetic such as “A/B otic” you may use that, as long as there is no drainage from the ear.
You can also make an anesthetic solution with vinegar, water, and ice. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 2 teaspoons of water and add ice to make it ice cold. Then, with a dropper or spoon, drip some in the painful ear, leave it in for about 30 seconds, turn the head so it drains out, and then put more in. Do this five times. If both ears hurt, you can alternate putting the ice cold solution in each ear every 30 seconds. Do this five times in each ear. Expect that your child will not like having the ice-cold solution in his or her ear (this is an understatement), but will be much happier when the pain is relieved in 10-15 minutes or so. You can repeat either treatment in 30-60 minutes or later if necessary. If you suspect a “swimmer’s ear”, or if there is drainage from the ear, do not use this treatment.