Under 18 GP Appointments
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Doctors aren’t sure. But sucking on a dummy may allow more fluids to get into the middle ear from your baby’s nose and throat. When they have a cold, this means the infection is more likely to spread to their middle ear.
You may be able to see certain symptoms and signs of an ear infection in your child. These can include fever and earache. While older children may complain of earache, younger children who aren’t talking yet may rub or tug at their ear. They may also be irritable and restless.
For more information, see our section on symptoms.
Symptoms of a middle ear infection will usually start to improve within 24 hours, and most children will recover within three days. For others it may take as long as a week. This is whether they’ve had any treatment or not. While they recover take some steps to ease their symptoms with painkillers, for example.
For more information on how to keep your child comfortable while they get better, see our section on treatment.
The best treatment is often to just relieve your child’s symptoms with painkillers until the infection clears up. Give them paracetamol or ibuprofen formulated for children to bring down their temperature – this is probably all they’ll need.
For more information on how to keep your child comfortable, see our section on treatment.
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