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Ear pain without any signs of infection

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:44 AM
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For the last week my 3 year old has c/o progressive ear pain.  I took him to the doctor today but there is no sign of infection (drainage, fever).  He has not slept well for two nights and will not sleep on his left side.  This has never happened before.  What should I do next?

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:44 AM
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by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:49 AM
I was going to say go to the doctor but that didn't work. Maybe I'm not awake enough to think so here's a bump
by Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Have you ever thought about putting warm olive oil in his ear or even using the ear drops that Walmart has on the shelf?

by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Does he have fluid behind the ears? That can cause ear pain.
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by Barb on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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If it were fluid build up, wouldn't the doctor be able to tell?  (I'm not sure.)   Sinus pain can go to the ears, tooth pain- they are all related.  Jaw clenching.  - all can show up as ear pain. Since your doctor couldn't diagnose the cause, I'd try a different doctor- maybe an ENT specialist. Good luck. I feel sorry for the little tyke, ear pain is no fun. Please keep us updated on how he is doing?

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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This sounds like it's been going on long enough for the doctor to tell if there were an infection but I once took my child to the doctor for an ear infection. One day they said his ears were fine. The next day the could tell it was an infection.

In the meantime I like the idea of the drops and compresses. You could also try muscle cream in and around his ear. I have found that helps me sometimes when my ears hurt which is usually due to sinus issues or TMJ.

by Gold Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 2:58 PM

 I would take him to an ENT.

A few years ago I had an ear infection.  Regular doc gave me antibiotics.  First amoxicillin, when that didn't work, I went back and he gave me a different one.  It finally went away.  For a little while anyway.  Two days after I stopped the 2nd antibiotic the pain came back with a vengeance.  I went to an ENT and he told me that I no longer had an infection but the inside of my ear was extremely swollen.  He also said I had a little bit of fluid in my ear.  He ended up giving me prednisone and nasonex (rx nasal spray).  Turns out I have a deviated septum and fluid, for whatever reason, was draining into my ear.  Because of the swelling the fluid wasn't draining causing more irritation and more swelling. 

In short, its possible that there could be something else going on besides an infection.  Good luck.  Hope he feels better soon.

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Take him to an ear, nose and throat doctor( audiologist) they can help more than a regular doctor. I have to have my ears looked at every year because I'm hard of hearing completley deaf in my right ear with minor hearing loss in my left ear but I can hear may miss a few things but I can hear.

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

when i was very young up until my teens i had bad ear aches and ill just list a couple reasons it happened hopefully to help you...swimmers ear which can be caused from anywhere theres water shower, water guns gettin squirted in your ear ect...infections, wind blowing all the wax to my ear drum...i also had to get tubes when i was 11 because i was goin deaf and if i would of waited another month i would of been deaf...i had to go to a ear nose and throat dr cause a normal dr wasnt helping me...sooo ya lol 

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