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What do I do if my child's ears hurt?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Mist, steam.

Ear pain isn't always an infection.
The most common reason is nasal congestion. Try treating with mist or steam, with mentholatum. Give pain medication, such as Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Warm compresses are helpful, but can be dangerous. Instead, use a cottonball coated with mentholatum. Ear infections seldom require treatment in the middle of the night.

In brief: Mist, steam.

Ear pain isn't always an infection.
The most common reason is nasal congestion. Try treating with mist or steam, with mentholatum. Give pain medication, such as Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Warm compresses are helpful, but can be dangerous. Instead, use a cottonball coated with mentholatum. Ear infections seldom require treatment in the middle of the night.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Dr. Jon Aoki
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: See pediatrician/ENT

Young children are especially prone to ear infection so see a doctor to find out.

In brief: See pediatrician/ENT

Young children are especially prone to ear infection so see a doctor to find out.
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