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    I just took my son (almost 3) to emergency because between 5 and 7 o'clock he screamed non- stop about having a sore ear, he drank about a litre of water and he appeared to have a temperature, albeit it was 30 degrees here today). I have him painstop (Panadol and codeine) about an hour before I took him to emergency but it didn't seem to alleviate his pain.

    He perked up a bit in ER chatting to he receptionist etc, and he seemed calmer and in less pain when the doctor assessed him. The took his vitals (pulse, temp), doc looked in his ears - which cause DS to scream in pain, and says there is some fluid behind the ears - the painstop you gave him should take away the pain. He then sent us home.

    Now, two hours later we are home, DS was once again beside himself begging me to fix his ear, he couldn't lie down for the pain. Finally through exhaustion he laid down, but he is stirring and crying out in pain with his sore ear every few minutes.

    Has the doctor missed something, or is this 'normal ear pain' a three year should be able to cope with?

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    Ear pain is the worst. But if his ears have been checked for infection im not sure what else can be done.
    Did they suggest any ear drops etc?

    Keep up the painstop and if you have a heatpack/hot water bottle sometimes laying that on a pillow then laying your ear on it gently can help with the pain. Keep his head elevated slightly (ie: 2 pillows instead of 1)

    Hopefully you can both get some sleep.

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    Ear aches are definitley the worst! And apparently extremely painful

    With dd we got one of those wheat heat packs and would put it on the pillow and she'd lie on it, short term it helped with pain.
    You may want to get him some night time pain stop (that one makes them drowsy)
    If he is not better tomorrow I'd take him to his dr.

    We ended up getting a referral to a specialist. One wanted to put grommets in but I just had a feeling that wasn't it, so we went to a different specialist who listened. Anyway long story short- it was the part from the nose to the ear that was clogged up, causing her 2 years of painful ear infections, since its been over 3yrs and no more ear infections!

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    Ear aches are just awful, I've got them my whole life and they still make me cry. So I can totally sympathize with your 3 year old not coping well.

    As suggested, try to keep his head elevated slightly, keep up the pain relief (anything to make him drowsy is a plus) and straight to your regular GP first thing in the morning just in case, even if he seems better.

    Brace yourself for a long night, but the pain always seems worse at night so hopefully the morning will bring a little relief.

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    Default Acute ear ache

    Thanks for your replies. We had a terrible night and I did take him straight to our GP this morning - he has a perforated ear drum. What on earth could the ER doctor not have seen?

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    Having had many perforated eardrums as a child my heart goes out to him.

    My experience with emergency rooms and ear problems is that they brush through it, dont take your concerns seriously. I dont think its intentional but it is annoying. Going back would simply have led to more waiting around for likely no change in the diagnosis.

    Good job going to your GP, you did the best you could

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    When DD perforated her ear drum she behaved similarly to your son - screaming non stop for hours. We couldn't tell what was wrong and it was horrible. She eventually fell asleep but woke with a horrible temp the next morning. Our GP said that once the ear drum perforates the worst of the pressure/pain is relieved which is why she was able to fall asleep. Maybe when the ER dr examined him there was no perforation and the pressure from fluid caused perforation later once you were home? Just a thought....

    Regardless though it's so horrible seeing them in that much pain - I sympathize And hope your little one feels better today.


 

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