My daughter is in her mid-teens, and has tears in her eyes because she has an earache, which I don't even remember her ever having as alittle kid. She's almost never sick, so she doesn't handle this stuff well. Since the doctors are all closed, a friend who is a nurse-practitioner gave us a 3-day regimen of some antibiotic and the wife went to Walgreens to get something they call "sweet oil" which I figure is just glycerine. That, plus a dose of ibuprofen, I figure is the best you can do. And the ole' heating pad on the head, of course. Honestly, I don't ever remember having this myself. For some reason, I think they used to blow smoke in your ear. How this could help, I have no idea.