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What To Do If Your Kid Ear Hurt
See your doctor.: You should be examined by your doctor to find out the cause, so that it can be treated. Possible causes are middle ear infection, ear canal infection (swimmer's ear), trauma, fluid behind the ear drum from a cold, viral infection or allergies or referred pain from the jaw, throat or neck. Until you are seen, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eustachian tube: With a cold, your nasal passages swell. This can render the eustachian tube less functional. This necessitates greater pressure difference between your middle ear and environment for the eustachian tube to open. When it does, there is a greater gust of air exchange producing a greater excursion of your ear drum. Thus, it seems to pop. ...Read more
Ant Stings: I agree w dr ferguson. If this is a fire ant it is important to take action as fire ants can repeatedly sting you. They inject solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. About 15% of people who have been stung are allergic. In some cases this causes anaphylaxis. For a significant allergic reaction to fire ant stings call 911 or be evaluated at the nearest emergency room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tenderness, pain: Signs of infection include peristent redness and swelling at the area as well as pain and tenderness. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my teenage daughter isn't feeling well but refuses to go to the doctor. should I force her to go?
Yes: There are times when a parent has to be a parent and not your child's friend. You observe a change in your daughter - it is your obligation to have her checked out. She could be ill, depressed, using drugs, or just fine and being a teenager. But that is not for you or her to decide - that's why you have a doctor for her. ...Read more
Pharyngitis?: Talk to your pcp about possible referral to ENT specialist. ...Read more
What to do if my filling just popped out, what should I do to take care of it until i can see the dentist?
If you don't hit your child, could you explain what it is you do to instill self-discipline in them?
Hits only hits back: Hitting a child only really gives a child the message that there are appropriate times for a person to hit another person - and that is not a message you want to teach your child, as they will experiment as to whether certain situations are the "right ones to hit at". If mommy can hit someone she loves, then "i can hit my friend". Telling them it's wrong and then leaving them alone will sink in. ...Read more
What to do if I'm feeling like it would be weird to go up to her and say hey, do you watch abc's modern family?
If you feel: awkward or uncomfortable asking this question you needn't. It likely isn't imperative that you know the answer. ...Read more
What to do if i want to make sure i don't have an ear infection, w/o going to the doctor. What should I do?
Nurse practitioner?: There are multiple variations of ear infections that even well trained physicians have difficulty differentiating them. Also, what some patients think are ear infections prove to be earwax impactions or non-infectious fluid behind the eardrum. So, it would be extremely difficult for you to self diagnose an ear infection without specific training. Perhaps a nurse practitioner could help you. ...Read more
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