Treatment Options for Your Child’s Ear Infection

Find out how to best eliminate ear infections in children quickly and effectively.
If your child is over the age of two, at-home care and rest are two of the best things you can do to treat an ear infection. Many ear infections will often go away on their own, so you may want to try some of these home treatment options to see what works best for Ear Infectionyour child. And if you aren’t sure, you can always turn to your ear, nose & throat specialists in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD:
Pain Medications
Many over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) can ease both pain and inflammation. Sometimes it’s best to give your little one medication like this before bedtime to help soothe their symptoms so they sleep better. After all, rest is very important to healing.
Be sure to always follow the instructions on the medication. Talk to us before starting your child or baby on pain medications to make sure it’s a safe option for them.
Heat therapy
By applying a warm towel or washcloth over the ear, you may also be able to alleviate pain. This can be a great option for parents who don’t feel comfortable giving their child medication but still want to ease pain and discomfort.
Resting is key to speeding up your child’s recovery time. By resting, you’re allowing their body to fight the infection. Avoid strenuous activities when they have an ear infection and allow them time to sleep and relax as much as possible.
If your child’s symptoms do not get better after treating it at home for a few days then it’s certainly time to schedule an appointment with your ENT in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. We may need to prescribe antibiotics or ear drops to treat the problem.
When it comes to your child’s health never hesitate to contact our ENT office in Hagerstown and Frederick. Central ENT Consultants, PC, is here for you and your whole family.