Ear infections are common in babies and small children. They often follow a cold and sometimes cause a temperature. A child may pull or rub at an ear, but babies can’t always tell where pain is coming from and may just cry and seem uncomfortable.

 

If your child has earache but is otherwise well, give them paracetamol or ibuprofen for 12-24 hours. Don’t put any oil, eardrops or cotton buds into your child’s ear.  In general any pain in the ear indicates the possibility of an infection and you should see your GP who may give you a prescription for ear drops to reduce the inflammation and pain.

 

Most ear infections are caused by viruses, which can’t be treated with antibiotics. They will just get better by themselves.

 

After an ear infection your child may have a problem hearing for two to six weeks. If the problem lasts for any longer than this, ask your GP for advice.