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ispentitwithyou1 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:31:10

Please advice,usually very brave child crying her eyes out with earacheconfusedthree years old. Had anti bs for bad ear infection,just finished course. Ibuprofen not helping. Alleviated position not helping

inlawsareasses Sat 05-Nov-16 23:32:06

Hot water bottle on the ear plus pain meds

ispentitwithyou1 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:33:26

Thank you,not seeming to help...will keep on

SirChenjin Sat 05-Nov-16 23:36:43

Give paracetamol as well - by alternating paracetamol and ibruprofen (with the correct dosage spaced out) you can get ongoing pain relief

MrsBungle Sat 05-Nov-16 23:36:50

If it's that bad I would call out of hours for advice. I had a terrible ear infection as a teenager and the doctor came out and gave me pethidine. I was hallucinating and in agony. I believe you can give paracetamol and ibuprofen together which might help.

glamourousgranny42 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:38:19

Go to A & E I have suffered from ear problems for years. They will at least give her more effective painkillers. It may be that the infection is deep on her canal and may need a wick. Total sympathy ear pain is horrific

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 05-Nov-16 23:38:27

If she's finished the ABs and it's still painful then the infection is still there.
Was it amoxycillin? That is the mildest antibiotic and not always effective at fighting a bad infection, particularly if she's had courses of it before.

I would advise getting her to an out of hours doctor tomorrow for more anti biotics.

As suggested, painkillers eg calpol and sometimes putting a piece of dry cotton wool in the ear helps.

Poor thing sad

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Nov-16 23:39:06

Oh the poor thing.

Can you give her paracetamol as well?

You'll have to check the dosage/time between doses though. Perhaps ring 111 and ask them?

Obviously she'll need more anti b's ASAP so do you have a walk-in centre you could take her to tomorrow?

Waiting until Monday would probably mean the gap between courses is too large.

Note3 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:39:43

Yep can give ibuprofen and paracetamol together in this scenario. I would call out of hours in your shoes (eldest suffered badly with earache and I'll never forget holding her while she screamed hysterically).

Sometimes one lot of anti biotic don't work and they have to give alternate

ispentitwithyou1 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:39:56

I might do Mrs bungle,she is screaming at me to give her more medicine but its not time yet... She's usually really stubborn about admitting to pain or illness so must be bad

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Nov-16 23:40:01

X posted with the world there blush

Note3 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:41:33

Someone told me they suffered bad war aches as a child and it helped to apply pressure to that side so she'd lay with her poorly ear against mattress.

Apparently if they are elevated it takes some of the pressure off as laying down can cause the fluid pressure to build up or push and gains sore part.

Guessing it's finding what helps your child - whether pressure on ear, warmth or elevating or something

ispentitwithyou1 Sat 05-Nov-16 23:41:33

Thanks so much everyone. Yes it was amoxicillin.

SirChenjin Sat 05-Nov-16 23:42:00

You can give paracetamol now

nonameavaliable Sat 05-Nov-16 23:43:03

Oh bless her if she is in that much pain can you not call out of hours now?

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 05-Nov-16 23:44:00

It sounds awful. I also think you should ring 111, a doctor will ring back and advise you and they can also fast track you an appointment at your nearest out of hours.
Try not to panic, it's horrible when your children are ill.

TotallyOuting Sat 05-Nov-16 23:44:05

There is nothing stopping you giving paracetamol alongside ibuprofen, they are different drugs.

TheFairyCaravan Sat 05-Nov-16 23:44:34

Oh bless her! Ear ache is bloody awful and relentless.

Give her some paracetamol and call out of hours. Poor little mite must be suffering if she's asking for medicine, they don't normally do they? sad

Hope it eases soon for her.

MrsBungle Sat 05-Nov-16 23:44:42

Poor wee thing. My ds has always suffered terribly with ear infections as did I when I was younger - very sore. Hope she's better soon.

elephantoverthehill Sat 05-Nov-16 23:46:42

I don't like earache in a child. It is something you cannot see and it can have implications in the future. I would ring 111 just to be assured.

MrsBungle Sun 06-Nov-16 22:46:12

Hope your dd is feeling better today ispent

ViveLesVacances Sun 06-Nov-16 22:49:54

Is there swelling around the entrance to the ear canal OP? I had a nasty ear infection a few years back, to the point where it was swollen outside and I was in agony. My ear drum ended up bursting from the pressure, so if it's that bad I'll chime in with the peanut gallery and say take her to out of hours.

ispentitwithyou1 Mon 07-Nov-16 11:19:43

Thanks to everyone who gave advice the other night, was touched by the concern. She's a lot better now smile

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 07-Nov-16 11:42:12

That's really good news smile.

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