Your Children – Ear Timeline

  • 1 - 4 days

    Earache usually comes on all of a sudden and the pain can be quite severe.  Your child may also have a temperature.  Antibiotics will not reduce the pain of an ear infection.  The most important thing is to give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve pain.  The severe pain usually only lasts a day or two.

    Your child needs to see a doctor if:

    • they have a discharge from their ear,
    • they are very unwell, drowsy, not taking fluids, or not responding as normal to you,
    • you are concerned about the earache.
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