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My 5yr old daughter has woken suddenly with pain in her

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My 5yr old daughter has woken suddenly with pain in her ears. She does not have a history of infections or wax build up, has not been sick, and has not had anything abnormal in her ears today. She had a bath/washed hair just before bed.I tried children's Tylenol 2hrs ago. She's crying and tossing with the ear pain and never has before?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

The most common cause of ear pain in children is due to blockage of the eustachian tubes (these are tubes that connect the ears to the throat).

Blockage can happen due to a number of reasons and is particularly common in kids who are prone to allergies or who are sensitive to cold or who have sensitive airways.

Decongestants like sudafed (which is over-the-counter) can help open up these tubes and relieve the pain, which is what I would recommend.

If she develops fever or ear discharge then she would definitely need to be seen as she may then require a course of an antibiotic.

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Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

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