An earache can wait until the morning unless your child is in unbearable pain that cannot be adequately controlled. Here are a few measures that can help get you through the night: 1) Give a dose of Tylenol OR ibuprofen, bearing in mind that it will take 45-60min to take effect. 2) Apply a heating pad to the outer ear. 3) Fill the ear canal with warm sweet oil. If your child is still in extreme pain after these measures have been tried and you think you may need to go the ER, do call us first.
One note, if your child has ear tubes in place or if pus is draining from your child's ear, do not use any type of over-the-counter ear drops.