Call the Doctor If:
- Your baby has symptoms of an ear infection and is younger than 6 months.
- Your child has symptoms of an ear infection along with a fever of 102 F or higher, inconsolable crying, severe pain, or other symptoms of concern.
- You see ear drainage, the ear looks like it's sticking out, or there is swelling in front of the ear.
1. Use Child-Formula Pain Relievers
- Call a pediatrician before giving your child an infant- or child-strength over-the-counter pain reliever for the first time.
- Give children's-formula acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if your child is older than 6 months. Follow the dosing instructions on the bottle or your pediatrician's suggestions.
- Do not give aspirin to children under age 16.
2. Soothe the Ear
Put a warm, damp washcloth or warm water bottle on the ear.
3. No Drops
Don't place oils or other drops into the ear.
4. Observe Your Child
If symptoms seem to be getting worse, call a pediatrician. Your child may need further treatment.