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Should I send my child to school with an earache?

Should I send my child to school with an earache?

Probably OK: Ear infections are not contagious. If over the counter pain medicine gives relief going to school would be fine. If pain increases, hearing decreases, or develops drainage from ear should be seen by primary care provider. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Ear Ache (Definition)

Pain felt in ear can be result of conditions that affect the ear directly such as ear infections, traumatic injury to ear, impacted ear wax, as well as benign or malignant growths of ear. Pain in ear can be referred from conditions that affect the throat, teeth, or jaw including tonsil/throat infections, dental infections, jaw joint inflammation, benign ...Read more


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Daughter stated in school she had a severe earache that followed with bleeding from the same ear.

Daughter stated in school she had a severe earache that followed with bleeding from the same ear.

Common story: Some ear infection germs multiply rapidly.They can cause buildup of pressure behind the ear drum which can break the thin tissue of the ear drum.Once the drum breaks, blood and pus can enter the ear canal and the kid usually has some immediate improvement in the pain. There are other possible causes of the bleeding, so you need to have her seen and the cause sorted out/treated. ...Read more

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Hi I have an ear ache and I start school on wensday of next week how do I get rid of this pain in time?

Hi I have an ear ache and I start school on wensday of next week how do I get rid of this pain in time?

Get the Pain Fixed: The pain is to get you to act, before complications occur. Ear pain is usually from pressure against the ear drum, from the inside pressing out, in a middle ear infection, or from serious infection in the external ear canal (the part that you reach with your little finger) see a physician and get treated now. Antibiotic pills or drops depending on cause. Prevent your ear drum from perforating! ...Read more

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What most commonly causes earache in a child?

What most commonly causes earache in a child?

Colds, theething, OM: When kids get colds it is common to have ear aches due to flid building up in the middle ear, also when babies are teething they may develop ear aches. And you have otitis media, an infection of the middle ear again commonly caused by viruses and bacteria. Changes of pressure from road trips or air travel are also common. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for my child's earache?

What is the treatment for my child's earache?

That Depends...: Depends on what's causing it. Ear aches can come from teething, middle ear infection, tooth grinding, swimmer's ear, foreign bodies (never underestimate the curiosity of children in placing things in their ears--or the ears of others!), and a host of other causes. A proper diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to use ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) on a 3 year old child for earache?

Is it possible for me to use ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) on a 3 year old child for earache?

Nope: Don't do it. Have the earache checked out by a doctor to determine the cause. Most earaches in 3 yr olds involve the middle ear, so anything one put in the outer ear canal wouldn't help anyway. Even if the problem is in the outer ear, don't use eye medications in the ear. No shortcut here. Get the proper medicine and use it according to doctor's instructions. Hope the little one feels better soon. ...Read more

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What to give 10 month old baby for earache?

What to give 10 month old baby for earache?

Ibuprofen, exam: For short term pain relief, Ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad for baby to place his/her ear on & this seems to provide some relief. An office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal. ...Read more