K. asks from Newtown, PA on June 25, 2007
I'm embarassed to be writing this but if I can get some insight then it will be worth it. A week or so ago, my daughter just would not stop whining in the car (where I have so little patience with whining & crying) so I turned up the volume of the radio to block her out for a few minutes. Well now she's been complaining that her ears hurt. But she only mentions it once in awhile, maybe once every other day. It doesn't keep her from playing, swimming, etc. so I don't know if she's complaining for attention or if it's really possible that the loud music hurt her. Please help!
A.K. answers from Pittsburgh on June 26, 2007
my daughter did that too ( she's 4) and i just took her to the doctors to make sure everything was ok . She ended up having an ear infection. some kids just can take pain better then others. you might want to take her to her pcp just to be safe
J.R. answers from Allentown on June 26, 2007
I do employee safety at work...so I teach about Hearing Conservation. I doubt you injured your DD's hearing with this one episode (set off a fire cracker close to her and you might have a different situation...). But as others have mentioned, your DD might have an ear infection. I'd get it looked at, but keep in mind that most are viral, and as such, will not be helped by antibiotics. My pediatrician has a sign on the wall about how the AAP reccommends not giving antibiotics as a first response to ear infections...and then they give out antibiotics like they are candy. Sigh.
S.H. answers from Philadelphia on June 26, 2007
If it's actual ear pain, she would be pulling and acting uncomfortable and I think a fever accompanies it. But, have you been giving her the "oh baby, I'm sorry." after her complaints. She's responding to that and the only way to get your attention is to say, "Mommy, my ears hurt."
S.B. answers from Pittsburgh on June 26, 2007
I really don't think that you did anything to damage her ears by turning the radio up (who hasn't done that at some point). I agree that you should take her to the doctor's to see about an infection though. She may just have water in her ears from swimming or whatever and that might be bothering her.
Y.L. answers from Philadelphia on June 26, 2007
I'd get her ears checked just in case it's an ear infection or something. My daughter had one and she never complained about it. It's just in case kind of thing to rule out a medical reason.
M.T. answers from Philadelphia on June 26, 2007
I would take her to the doctors...you mentioned swimming...maybe she has water in there...and you don't want it to get infected.
We all make mistakes as parents...the best thing is to forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes.
D.S. answers from Philadelphia on June 26, 2007
I have to say that ear pain is very individual. My children have been complaining since the beginning of June-late May that their ears hurt. I took them to the doctor and he said he saw nothing however they do have allergies and are congested. I personally get ear aches if just the slighted congestion occurs in my head. I will wait until the pain of the ear isn't going away but sometimes it can be painful.
I just recently had two incidents with my kids. A) to the doctors in the past month a couple of times and I finally thought about myself and how if I go to the doctor there are no symtoms I just know I have alot of pain. So I finally said to the doctor I would like an antibiotic and he gave me one and he feels fine.
My other son I had extra antibiotics and gave it to him and that was enought to release everything in his head and he felt better to. So I have to say you need to know you and your childs habits with getting colds.
I personally need to switch doctors because they just don't believe you are in pain if there are no syptoms. I know as soon as I get the medicine my pressure releases.
I would take her to the doctor and if he doesn't see anything ask for medication and if you feel better don't use if for a few days and see if she keeps telling you her ears hurt.
K.B. answers from Pittsburgh on June 25, 2007
First of all I can honestly say. I have been there. Now you mentioned swimming. Do you use any ear macks or anything when she swims? She may have an ear infection or swimmer's ear which is the almost the same thing as an ear infection.
I would go to the doctors and rule out an ear infection. Depending on age and the degree of the infection it may not hurt her much. My daughter has tubes in her ears becuase of numerous eye infections and she screams now but before she would say her ear hurt and be fine unless she was laying down.
If you have any concerns at all I would at least call your ped. Usually you can talk to a nurse and explain the situation to her she will talk to your doctor and then determine whether she needs to be seen or not.
Hope this helps. Just know you are not alone with turning the musci up to drown out a craky kid. I think we all have been there whether we want to admit it or not!