Tempra®: Frequently asked questions

Are earaches normal? What should I do about them?

Earaches can be extremely painful for your child and often result in sleepless nights for mom and dad. Earaches are certainly worth a trip to the doctor’s office in order to rule out an infection that can lead to more serious problems.

If you suspect that your child has an earache, regardless of whether you believe that your child’s earache is mild or severe, you should always take him or her to the doctor.

  • Your doctor will determine whether your child’s earache is caused by a bacterial infection; the doctor may prescribe antibiotics and/or counsel you on how to treat the infection at home
  • If wax blockage is causing your child’s earache, your doctor will likely flush out the wax with warm water or suggest wax-softening eardrops
  • Relieve aches and pains by giving your child an over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic such as acetaminophen that is specifically formulated for infants or children (e.g. Infant Tempra® Drops, Regular Strength Children’s Tempra® Syrup 2–5 years and Double Strength Children’s Tempra® Syrup 4–11 years) or ibuprofen. The Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend giving ibuprofen to babies under 6 months old without first talking to your physician.
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