In fact, lots of children get earache from time to time.
Most earaches are caused by an infection in your ear, which will often get better after rest. You might also feel hot and maybe even feel like you have a cold. This is your body’s reaction to the infection as it tries to get rid of it.
What should I do?
If your ear is hurting a lot, your grownup can speak to a pharmacist about medicine. You may even have to stay off school if the pain is too much for you to carry on with things you enjoy, like playing with your friends.
Let an grownup know if you also feel any toothache, changes in your hearing or a sore throat, as you might need to speak to a doctor or a dentist.
You shouldn’t do these things as they can make an earache feel worse:
- Put anything inside your ear, like a cotton bud or a finger
- Try to pull any earwax out of your ears
- Let any water get inside your ear
1Listen to really loud music
2Pick out all of your earwax
3Get lots of rest and take medicine from a pharmacist if it’s too painful