How can you tell that your infant has earaches?
Your child may suffer from earaches if:
- it is increasingly touching or rubbing the ears.
- does not respond to some noises.
- repeatedly loses the balance
At the same time as these complaints, your child may also:
- be irritated or restless or cry.
- have no appetite.
- have fever (above 38°C)
What can you do yourself if your infant has earaches?
- Leave your child's ears alone. Do not remove earwax, do not use cotton swabs and do not put anything else in your child's ear.
- Make sure that no water or shampoo runs into your infant's ear.
When to seek medical advice?
You should consult your family doctor or paediatrician if your infant:
- has earaches for more than three days.
- suffers from recurrent earaches.
When to seek medical advice immediately?
Seek urgent medical attention if you notice that your infant:
- has a very high temperature and trembles.
- has a swelling around the ear.
- is losing fluid from the ear.
- hearing is bad or the hearing has changed.
- has something stuck in the ear.
- is under 2 years old and has earaches in both ears.