Health Tip: Treating an Ear Infection

Suggestions for what to do

(HealthDay News) -- Children who get ear infections often end up in a lot of pain and discomfort.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these treatment suggestions:

  • If the cause is bacterial, your pediatrician may prescribe an antibiotic. This type of drug will have no effect if the cause is viral.
  • Offer your child a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give a child aspirin.
  • The pediatrician may prescribe ear drops to help relieve pain.
  • Encourage your child to hold a warm heating pad over the sore ear, but make sure it's not too hot.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on November 23, 2010

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