Ear infections in babies and young children are common. It often happens in the middle ear, which produces secretions that drain into the back of the throat through the Eustachian tube. If the tube is blocked for any reason, fluid builds up in the middle ear causing pain, irritability or fever. Your paediatrician might prescribe medication depending on the type of infection – bacterial or viral. However, these tried and tested home remedies also work to give your child relief.
Use warm compress: Place a warm compress on your child’s aching ear and keep it pressed for five to six minutes. Do this for 30 to 40 minutes for short term pain relief.
Warm oil massage: If you don’t suspect anything as serious as a ruptured eardrum or there is nothing oozing out of your little one’s ears, but she complains about pain, try warm oil massage. Don’t pour oil into the ear, instead, just massage the outer ear for some relief. Warm olive oil and mustard oil are the best.
Offer more liquids: Sipping fluids can help unblock the Eustachian tube as it creates pressure during swallowing. Since swallowing morsels of food might be painful, sipping liquids keeps your child hydrated and can also help to counter the pain in a subtle way.
Keep your baby’s head elevated: Keep your baby’s head elevated during sleep to help the built-up fluid drain properly. Since it is not advisable to give an infant pillow, so place one or two pillows under the mattress to elevate the bed.
Use paracetamol: Use this as a last resort. Give few drops of paracetamol if nothing else worked to give her pain relief. However, don’t go overboard with it, I prefer to call my paediatrician before give paracetamol. If the pain doesn’t settle within a day, it is best to go to a doctor.