Child Care & First Aid : How to Treat an Ear Ache

You or your child has an earache and you’re
wondering what to do about that. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, health and wellness
consultant, here with a few tips and strategies for you. The first thing that you might consider
with a child with an earache, is to see if they’re able to clear their ears. And you
can give them, for example a piece of gum or something to chew, and see if they they’re
able to pop their ears and if that helps reduce the pain. Another strategy would be a decongestant.
If you’re dealing with a child that’s over about 3 or an adult, you can try something
like Sudafed, or another decongestant over the counter, and see if taking something that
opens up that tube that goes between the ear and the back of your nose, it’s called the
eustation tube, if you can un-congest that tube, you might be able to resolve the ear
pain. You can also try heat on the ear, you can do that with a washcloth that you wring
out, and put on the ear, hold it on the ear, that moist heat can make it feel better. Another
thing that can help is some warm oil, you can even use something like olive oil, you
can put it in a little cup and run some water in the sink, and put the cup, hold the cup,
so that it gets warm, and then use a drop or pour a little bit into the ear. However,
if those things don’t help, if the onset of the earache was quick and it happened after
a cold, if it involves a fever, you might be in a situation where you have an ear infection,
a bacterial ear infection, and an antibiotic might be helpful for you. If those cases exist,
please call your physician and get an appointment so that they can look in your ear and see
what’s going on there. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP health and wellness consultant,
and I hope that your ear pain is quickly resolved.


  1. Waking up yesterday I was shocked when I felt the pain in moving my jaws,I first thought I misplaced them and they will eventually fall off:P
    But yea,it does not help moving them,atleast it does not reduce pain.

  2. as a musician, my ears do tend to hurt and get earaches from time to time, I might have to try this too. Also Manzanilla tea works somewhat.

  3. I had a fever yesterday and band concert today, I'm deaf in one ear and It really hurts I think I have an ear ingection

  4. @ mrscarfacexx1 if the earache is caused by excess moisture in the ear (such as swimmers ear), then keeping air out will cause the earache to last longer. You were probably just lucky…

  5. this helped only one time i had an earache, right now i have a very painful earache and i wont have ibeprofen until 6:00 and its 4:30 now, i have had it since 2:30. usually these methods work but right now it isnt for me… like it though!

  6. last night i slept for only 2 hours because of my ear ache heck i didnt even know what an ear ache was i was just struggling with all the pain

  7. my nose is stuffed i have an earache in both of my ears, i have a headache, i also have a soar throat because i was sleeping and breathing to my mouth. i feel horrible

  8. It's 6.40 AM I gave been downstairs for three horse my 1 ear hurts so bad I cried i told my nana we used vix and blew my nose and used a heating pad what Elise can I do I also tried cotton ball with veggie oil

  9. im in agony right now! i have had this ear pain for 3 hrs now and my ear just wont pop! its really frustraighting and i havent had an ear infection since 9yrs old!! im 13 and it is very painful! SOMEONE HELP!!

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