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6 yr old had runny nose for a week now has fever, runny nose, earache, and red throat. doctor said probably virus then next da said to take augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate).

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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
That's correct: The viral infection in the upper respiratory airways, which is running for a week, seems like had a complication such as an acute otitis (ear infection), that's why your doctor prescribed the course of antibiotics.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Passage of time: Your doctor probably felt that what started off as viral became bacterial because of the passage of time and the finding of a possible ear infection.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: As you may be aware, ear or throat infection resolves by itself, not too infrequently. Acute otitis media in children over 2 years old may be handled in different way, so called watch & see approach instead of treating with antibiotics when seen.

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