First, warm the drops to body temperature by
rolling the container in your hands or placing it in a cup of warm water for a
few minutes. Inserting cold eardrops can cause pain and dizziness. See a
picture showing how to insert eardrops safely.
person lie down, ear facing up.
Place 2 or 3 drops on the wall of
the ear canal so air can escape and drops can get into the ear. Gently wiggling
the outer ear will help.
You may find it easier to insert eardrops
in a small child's ear by holding the child on your lap with his or her legs
around your waist and head down on your knees. If possible, remain in this
position for 2 to 3 minutes.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.