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?