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ear infection in 4yr old dd help!

(15 Posts)
par05 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:34:27

Hi am up with screaming 4yr old dd other children asleep, have given calpol hasn't kicked in yet! How can I help her? Should I take her to a &e ? Tried ringing out of hours and couldn't get through how can I ease her pain

par05 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:37:45


Kiwi32 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:38:44

Try some heat on the ear and keep her upright. I've just had a bad middle ear infection and this was the only thing that helped!

livinglooney8 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:38:56

Ibuprofen is better for ear ache as reduces some swelling. A hot steamy shower can help.
Also do not lie her down, try to let her sleep upright (on you obvs!) . Ear ache is very painful. Poor llittle thing. You may need to see a dr, antibiotics have worked well for us.

Kiwi32 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:40:33

If it's that painful and is middle ear it's possible the ear drum will develop a small hole and you'll notice discharge as it drains (apologies if you know this already!), the pain should then ease. Hope she improves soon it's miserable.

RatOnnaStick Sat 17-Dec-16 22:42:11

Have you any ibuprofen to give? Her ear will be inflamed so its a bit better I think. Otherwise, a hot water bottle or other heat pad/wheat bag wrapped up and placed on the ear can help a bit. Poor thing. Do keep trying 111.

par05 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:42:51

Thank you for reply, unfortunately don't have any ibuprofen in the house .. have just put her upright me now, it's awful seeing her in pain. She has temp too x

Kiwi32 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:46:51

Do try the heat as well if you're able it's very soothing.

MrsWildermac Sat 17-Dec-16 22:48:57

I found DD only settled when lying with her ear on my tummy - the warmth and uprightness seemed to help. It suddenly popped and then she slept the rest of the ngght. Hope she gets some relief soon!

par05 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:51:35

I think the calpol has finally kicked in! She's lying on my tummy upright think that's helped too, and is sleeping hopefully she will sleep now x

RatOnnaStick Sat 17-Dec-16 22:54:36

Brilliant. You can't move now you know that don't you? I would keep trying 111 for some advice and/or a prescription and be prepared to take her to OOH to be seen in the morning.

par05 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:57:14

Lol won't move, thank you all for replying so quick! Yep will definitely take her to out of hours in the morning. X

mumofthemonsters808 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:57:30

When my Dd was little I had many a night up with her crying with ear ache, it was always in the middle of the night, when there was nothing whatsoever I could, I used to stuff her ear with Cotten wool and put her a hat on and a hot water bottle.It would get her through the night until we got to the Doctors who prescribed Amoxicillin.

Strangely enough, in the middle of the night, 10 years later, I did exactly the same thing, just yesterday, but instead of the Doctors, in the morning I went to the Pharmacy and got some ear drops, that are just oil to break down the wax.

I feel for you op, it's not something I'm prone to, but it's awful seeing them in such unbearable pain, which I understand is agony.

RatOnnaStick Sun 18-Dec-16 08:23:22

Any improvement this morning?

par05 Sun 18-Dec-16 18:42:02

Hi took her to oh of hours, finally got through appreciate busy time of year for them! Doctor was fab, she's got a perforated ear drum, so antibiotics and ear drops! Still hurting her though and went and got nurofen too! Hopefully better night tonight! Thanks for all your replys xxx

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