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Sep 25, 2017 — An injury to the ear can be painful, whether on the outside or inside of the ear. On today's Health Minute, pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner offers tips for treating an earache in your child.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Common kids' ear issues. Pediatrician, Dr. Cindy Gellner, what are some of the common ear issues that parents ask you about?

Dr. Gellner: Injuries to the outer ear are often minor. If the ear's just scratched, then just treat it like any other skin scrape. Wash the injured area with soap and water, make sure the bleeding has stopped, and put over-the-counter antibiotic ointment on it until the injury has healed over. But if there's a lot of swelling, it could be something called cauliflower ear, and that needs immediate medical attention.

Inner ear injuries can cause major problems. It could lead to a ruptured eardrum or an infection. For these, your child needs to see the doctor. If antibiotics are needed, take them as prescribed and complete the entire course to make sure all the bacteria is treated. Tylenol and Motrin can also help with the pain, but don't put oils in the ears because they can cause more problems.

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