How To Treat Your Baby’s Earache
When an earache occurs, it can often be very distressing for babies and parents alike. However, earaches are very common ailments for babies during their developmental and early years. Before you treat a baby’s earache, it is essential that you determine the cause, as ear aches could be due to a number of reasons.
On the one hand, earaches can be an early indication that your baby is starting the teething process, as the muscles of the jaw are connected to the ear.
On the other hand, it could very well be viral, as babies often get an earache due to infection. Ear infections are the second most common illness a baby can contract during their early years. Unfortunately this reoccurs on an annual basis until they reach the age of four.
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Regardless of whether the earache is due to teething or a viral infection, the symptoms that they display are quite similar: Babies are inclined to pull on their ears, experience fever, have a loss of appetite, show lots of irritability, and appearflushed with red cheeks.
Seeing your little one crying incessantly due to an earache is incredibly troublesome. Unfortunately, there is no common culprit: it is vital to remember that it is all part of the developmental process.
If the earache persists, make sure you consult your doctor or GP!
Earache: Due To The Teething Process
- Chew, chew: An infant might experience less pain if they are able to chew on something. Offer them a cold teething ring to naturally combat the pain that comes with aching gums.
- Rub their gums: But do so ever so gently. Ideally use a clean wet towel, as this will help soothe their gums and help avoid any build-up of bacteria.
- Ibuprofen: Give your little one an age-appropriate over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. This not only alleviates pain, but also reduces fever and inflammation. Only use medication as directed on the label.
- Dry their drool: Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby's chin.
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Earache: Due To Viral Infection
- Giving your little one a cold teething toy or even frozen fruit inside a mesh tether can provide temporary relief.
- Lay your baby down on the ear that is not affected.
- Ibuprofen: Give your little one a trusted and effective over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. This not only alleviates pain it also reduces fever and inflammation. Use this as directed on the label.
- Warm olive oil: Gently put several drops of olive oil into the ear. NB: Make sure the oil isn't too hot!
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Midwife Tracey Donegan give some advice on how to soothe your baby's earache:
"Breastfeed your baby if they find it comforting, as breastmilk contains endorphins (natural pain relievers) and this reduces a baby's risk of getting ear infections significantly. Also, baby reflexology reduces pain in babies, so it's worth consulting with a reflexologist in your area to learn more about which points to use."
Please note: Any advice given here is for guidance only, and shouldn't be taken over medical advice. If you have any queries, always consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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