Earache (usually on one side), congested cold, fever, feeling unwell, irritable, frequent ear rubbing and poor appetite.
Give pain relief such as children’s liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen. Place your child in an upright position with pillows, and a warm towel held against the ear may be helpful. Children’s decongestants from the pharmacy may also give some temporary relief. Most ear infections resolve within two or three days and don’t need antibiotics – during this time medicine for the pain may help. Ask your pharmacist for further advice if needed.
If your earache persists, ask your pharmacist for advice, call NHS 111 or see you GP.
Earache can also be caused by other things such as teething or even swimming.
Find out more at the NHS website.