Earache in Babies & Children

Earache in Babies & Children

Earache is frustrating for most adults but in children it can often be very painful. Pain in the ear can stem from many different causes with a few listed below. Children under the age of 5 should have their earache diagnosed by a doctor.

  • Ear wax build-up

If your child is complaining of earache but is otherwise well in themselves and has had no recent cold or flu, then it is likely a build-up of ear wax. Olive oil ear drops can be used in children over the age of 6 to help remove ear wax. You should not use cotton buds inside an ear as this can lodge wax.

  • Ear infection

If your child is complaining of earache accompanied by a high fever or sickness, then they are most likely suffering from an infection and may need antibiotics from a GP. Ear infections are common in babies and toddlers particularly after a cold.

  • Pressure build up following a cold or sinus infection

If your child had a cold or flu a few days prior to the earache starting, then it may have been caused by a build-up of pressure in the inner ear. This may also lead to short-term issues with hearing and a GP should be seen.

  • Oral pain

Tooth ache can cause pains in the upper jaw, which to a child, may feel like the pain is coming from the ear.