The ear hurts in the child: first aid
In his entire life, every person at least once faces the fact that his ear hurts. 3 years is the age when the problem occurs most often. It is worth noting that pain is not the disease itself. Rather, this symptom can be called a symptom. It appears when a problem arises. This article will tell you about what to do if the child's ear hurts. First aid will be presented to your attention. Also you will learn about the methods of treatment of the underlying disease.
Why does the ear hurt?
What to do at home with the manifestation of this symptom, you will learn further. To begin with it is worth to say why a person may have this feeling. Pain is most often a sign of inflammation or trauma. Also, some problems (neurological, dental) can provoke the irradiation of unpleasant sensations in the ear.
Pain in the child's ears is usually triggered by an inflammatory process. Babies are prone to these pathologies due to the peculiarities of the structure of their body. Most often the doctor puts the following diagnoses in children: otitis acute and chronic, purulent inflammation, eustachitis and so on.
Do I need to pay attention to the problem?
If the child has an earache, the doctor should definitely inspect. Independently you can not determine what caused the development of an unpleasant symptom. It is worth noting that the treatment depends on the diagnosis. When a child's ear hurts, symptoms can manifest as follows: congestion, itching, redness, pus, fever, and so on. Be sure to remember everything your child is complaining about and tell the doctor about it.
Ignoring the problem often leads to the development of unpleasant consequences and complications. These include loss of hearing, rupture of the tympanic membrane, convulsions, meningitis and the like.
The ear hurts in the child: first aid. What can parents do?
If the baby has very severe pain in the ears, which is accompanied by lumbago, then he needs to immediately help. The fastest and most effective remedy in this situation will be a drug containing ibuprofen or paracetamol. It can be Nurofen, Panadol, Cefekon or any other remedy that is in your medicine cabinet.
Remember that such formulations lower the temperature. That is why before their application it is necessary to make its measurement. The information obtained will be useful to the doctor in the diagnosis and for the purpose of prescribing. After all, antibiotics are prescribed to children in most cases when the body temperature rises.
Use of drops: for and against
If a child hurts his ear, what should he do at home? Never immediately grasp the means for topical application. Simply put, drops. The use of some formulations is unacceptable with a damaged membrane. It is worth recalling that you can not independently establish this fact. Only a specialist with the help of a otoscope will be able to inspect the specified area and determine its integrity.
If the tympanic membrane is intact, often otorhinolarynologists prescribe drops to children. Such formulations can relieve inflammation and reduce pain syndrome. These include Otipax and Otinum. These compounds are the most popular. The opinions of specialists about the use of these drugs differ. There is a group of doctors who says that the pain in the ears can be removed with the above described means (with ibuprofen or paracetamol), and for treatment it is better to use the drops of "Otofa" or "Dioxydin". These drugs belong to the group of antibiotics. Often for children, the medicine "Dioxydin" is prescribed simultaneously with magnesia. This composition has an antibacterial and regenerative effect, due to which the disease quickly recedes.
Application of compresses
What if the child's ear hurts? First aid to parents is often to use a compress. As soon as the kid started complaining about unpleasant feelings, mom or grandmother warmed the camphor and applied it to a sore spot. Some manage to dig in this compound in the ears.
Specialists strongly do not recommend such manipulations. It is always necessary to remember a very important thing: a purulent inflammatory process is forbidden to warm. Otherwise, there may be a breakage of the boil and deterioration of the patient, up to the loss of hearing and meningitis. The appointment of compresses can only be done by a specialist. Remember this.
Use of antibacterial agents
If the child has an earache, antibiotics are unavoidable. In most cases, pathology is caused by the multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can always be present in the nose and ear of a person. It is worth a bit of a cold, as the microorganism immediately wakes up and starts to act. Only antibiotics can cope with it.
As you already know, there are preparations for topical application - "Otofa" and "Dioxydin". However, they are not enough. Treatment is most often assigned to complex, to certainly eliminate the problem. Oral, intramuscular or intravenous administration of antibiotics is applied to the described drops. Effective drugs include "Amoxicillin", "Amoxiclav", "Flemoxin", "Cefatoxim", "Ceftriaxone", etc. Dosage and duration of use are determined by the doctor.
When the child develops otitis media, it is necessary to pay attention to the accompanying symptoms. Usually this pathology is accompanied by a common cold. Simultaneously with the ear in this case it is necessary to treat the nose. Otherwise, the effect of medication will not be complete.
As additional drugs, the doctor prescribes vasoconstrictive drugs (Zirtek, Tizin, Avamis). Also, drops with an antibacterial effect for insertion into the nasal passages ("Isofra", "Polidex", "Bioparox") are used. Washing of the sinuses with inflammation in the ears is strictly prohibited.
Folk remedies for pain in the ears
- Laurel broth. Take five lavrushek and boil them in half a liter of water. Let the broth brew and cool. Then drip the prepared preparation in the ear. The drug has an anti-inflammatory and absorbable effect.
- Almond oil. This drug is sold in almost every pharmacy chain. Insert into the ear passage a cotton swab soaked in almond oil. It has a calming effect, reduces pain and reduces noise.
- Water regime. If the ear hurts, you should never allow it to get wet. The humid environment is an excellent flora for the reproduction of fungi and bacteria. This is why it is forbidden to wash your head until full recovery. Observance of the water regime will allow you to get rid of the problem quickly and with minimal effort.
Small summing up
So, what to do when the child's ear hurts? The first help on your part should be to call a pediatrician. Only by appointment of a specialist can be used those or other drugs. Remember that they all have side effects and contraindications. Never change the dosage and the regimen yourself. Observe all the recommendations of a specialist. Strong to you health!