How to Treat Baby Earaches

Nothing sounds worse to a parent's ear than a baby screaming in earache pain. Bring your child relief and protect their hearing with this advice.


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You Will Need

  • A pediatrician
  • Children's painkiller
  • A hot water bottle
  • A scarf or earmuffs (optional)


  1. Step 1

    See your pediatrician

    See your pediatrician, the same day if possible, because the treatment course can depend on what's causing the earache and the extent of the infection if one exists.

  2. Step 2

    Ease pain with children’s painkiller

    Ease your child's pain and fever with regular doses of a children's painkiller -- an ibuprofen suspension is ideal. Check with your doctor first.

  3. Step 3

    Resist poking or prodding

    Resist poking or pouring anything in your child's ear, even if your intent is simply to clean it out. These interventions may do more harm than good unless they are pediatrician-prescribed.

  4. Step 4

    Keep it warm

    Use heat to soothe the earache. Try holding a well-wrapped hot water bottle against the ear.

  5. Keep your child's ears warm when going outside in cold weather by dressing them in a scarf or earmuffs.

  6. Step 5

    Prevent recurrences

    Prevent earache recurrences by staying germ-free, updating vaccines, and preventing cigarette smoke exposure.

  7. Did you know? Kids who experience chronic ear infections may be at an increased risk of developing learning problems during their school and adult life.