Ear infections are common in babies and children. They
mostly follow a cold or a cough as there is a small tube
extending between the throat and the ear through which
infection can pass rapidly.
These include a very painful ear, raised temperature and
partial deafness. Young babies will generally feel
uncomfortable, unwell and will cry a lot. If your baby
can't talk yet, pulling and tugging at the ear could be a
sign that he is suffering from ear infection, especially if
it is after an attack of cold.
The doctor may prescribe some drops if necessary. For an
older child, you can place a covered hot water bottle under
the affected ear. For a young baby, you can use a warm
cloth instead. If the ear is very painful, you can use the
recommended dose of paracetamol.