Earache Symptoms and Treatment (#Best ENT Specialist in Bhopal)
The most common reason of earache is a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) that results from an infection in the upper respiratory tract, similar to a cold. The infection reasons the mucus membranes in the Eustachian tube to swell, and the pressure behind the eardrum rises. The low pressure in the ear then leads to a build-up of fluids and middle ear infection. When a child has a cold or a fever, he may experience pain in one or both ears. A younger child may not yet be capable to tell you that he is in pain and where the pain is located, but he may give you nonverbal signs: sudden screaming fits, irritability, and holding or pulling on the affected ear.
Signs of Earaches
Once the middle ear is infected, pus builds up behind the eardrum and, as a result, enlarged pressure on the eardrum causes pain. At the same time, the eardrum itself becomes thick and swollen and may rupture, leading the pus to run into the ear canal and out the ear.
Treatment for Earaches
For children 2 years old or older who are not seriously ill and have no fever, simply monitor the situation for 1 to 2 days. Many cases of middle ear infection will get better after a few days.
You can give your child the following treatments to ease the earache:
Have your child lie down with her head marginally elevated. This will help ease the earache.
Give your child some decongestant nose drops if she has a stuffy nose. This will make it easier to breathe and to eat. Don’t use these drops for more than 2 to 3 days.
Give your child pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lessen the ear pain.