When your child comes down with a painful ear infection, it's understandable that you would want treatment fast. While ear infections can clear up on their own, that doesn't mean you have to let your child suffer while waiting for the pain to pass. Here are five ear infection treatment options that your family pediatrician, Oscar F. Sugastti at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, routinely recommends.
The most popular ear infection treatment, it is not unusual for your child's Woodbridge pediatrician to write a prescription for antibiotics when your child has an ear infection. Unfortunately, however, because antibiotics have been used so widely, many types of ear infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Since this is the case, your pediatrician may offer additional recommendations instead.
2. Pain Relievers
If your child's ear infection is quite painful, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help ease the pain while you are waiting for the infection to clear up on its own. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out which type of pain reliever is best for your child--typically acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give aspirin to children.
Heat can also help soothe the pain of an ear infection. Offer a heating pad placed on the lowest setting to an older child or a warm, moist towel to a younger child and have your child place it against his or her ear. This all-natural solution has no negative side effects when used appropriately and can be surprisingly soothing.
Ear infections are typically accompanied by an excess of fluid or build-up in the ear. Allow the fluid or build-up to drain and take the infection with it by keeping your child's head elevated. You can do this by offering an older child a fluffy pillow or by placing a rolled up towel under one end of your infant's mattress.
Lastly, whether you use any of the above ear infection treatments or not, it is important that your child gets plenty of rest. Resting helps the body heal itself faster so your child can feel better sooner. Use stories, movies, coloring or whatever your child prefers, but make sure he or she gets plenty of rest.
Winter is nearly upon is. If your child hasn't had an ear infection yet, chances are he or she might have one soon. Be prepared ahead of time by knowing these five treatments and be sure to call your child's pediatrician at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge if you have any questions or concerns.