WHAT IS AN EAR INFECTION
Ear infections often start with a cold or other illness. This can lead to redness, swelling and fluid in your child's middle ear (behind the eardrum). Ear infections can be very painful for your child and sometimes cause fevers with temperatures up to 104°F. While your pediatrician may prescribe, antibiotics, they won't relieve ear pain for the first 24 hours, so you may have to provide additional relief.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
If your child has a painful ear infection, he or she may have a hard time eating or sleeping. Babies may rub their ears, have trouble sleeping or cry more than usual. If you think your child has ear pain, or you see fluid coming out of the ear, call your doctor for an appointment
Try to lay the bottle flat. Propping up the bottle increases the risk of ear infections.
Keep your child away from cigarette smoke.
Protect your child from cold and flu viruses. Teach them to wash their hands often.
Stay up to date on your child's shots and immunizations. Infant pneumonia and meningitis vaccines may lower the risk of ear infections. An annual flu vaccine may also help.
One of the main medicines for relieving ear pain is acetaminophen — such as Children's TYLENOL® or Infants' TYLENOL® — not antibiotics. As with any medicine, ask your doctor which pain reliever is right for your child.
HOW SOON CAN YOU USE CHILDREN'S TYLENOL® OR INFANTS' TYLENOL®
Give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever — such as Children's TYLENOL® or Infants' TYLENOL® — as soon as you know your child has an ear infection. It's important to give it before bedtime to help them rest as lying down can hurt their little ears.
WHEN WILL YOUR CHILD FEEL BETTER?
After 24 hours, most kids will feel better if taking pain relievers. Almost all feel better within a few days.
Even though ear infections can be tough on both moms and kids, most will get better on their own in a few days. Just make sure to give your little one extra attention to help soothe their pain.