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My daughter has bad earache.whats the best to help it?

5 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 37 years experience
See the doctor.: Earache can be caused by middle ear infection, ear canal infection, eustachian tube dysfunction, or even referred pain from a sore throat. Please take her to the doctor for examination and diagnosis;each of the above causes is treated differently. If Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can keep the pain under control until tomorrow am, see the doctor then; if not, take her in today.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
See the doctor: Read dr juster's note. For pain, if there are no tubes or ear draining, take some mineral or olive oil. Warm it to the touch, not hot.Put 2-3 drops in the painful ear , add a heating pad for a few minutes. The pain almost always resolves. This is not a cure, so see the doctor.
Dr. Glenn Kaye
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Hair Dryer: In a pinch, blowing a hair dryer (gentle setting) on the ear will make it feel better. But it's not a substitute for having an ear doctor examine the ear and make a positive diagnosis.
Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Bad Earache: Analgesics to start. If pain persists, go see her doctor. Both ear infections and teeth grinding may cause bad earaches. An exam will tell which one. If ear infections are recurrent, that is more than six episodes in one year, ear tubes are best answer. Go see her pediatrician first.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 39 years experience
See a doctor: Ear pain can be caused by various things- middle ear infections, swimmer's ear, blocked eustachian tubes (feels like you can't pop your ears), excessive wax, or referred pain from the jaw, a tooth, or inflamed lymph node in the neck. See your child's pediatrician to find out the cause.

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