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Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

Define "infection": The presence of middle ear fluid is a common finding in infancy and studies find as many as 40% have it for up to 3 months without invasion by germs. Some infants get a mild viral middle ear infection that self clears in about 3 days & no meds are needed. When the process involves germs that turn middle ear fluid to pus, which the doc can see on exam, it will need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

My mom has an ear infection. What should she do to get it treated?

See a doctor: Only a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics after taking your mother's medical history and examining her. ...Read more

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How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

Cough, fever, crying: It's really only a diagnosis a doctor can make by looking inside the ear. Pain, . Fever and cough are common symptoms, though, and should prompt a doctor visit. ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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If my baby tugs on his ears does he have an ear infection?

If my baby tugs on his ears does he have an ear infection?

Not necessarily: Babies tug their ears for many reasons, mostly because they are there and are easy to reach! but if the baby pulls her ears at the same time she has a fever or acts sick, then have your doctor look at the ears to see if there is an ear infection present. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Depends: Most ent's would prefer to have an angry active infection treated for a while to calm it down before putting in tubes. It is also quite difficult to do if the ear infection has produced a hole in the ear drum where the tube is supposed to go. All these issues are best analysed by the doc considering the procedure. Sometimes, the operation can proceed as scheduled. ...Read more

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My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

Visualization: Following a typical course of antibiotics for an ear infection, follow up in 2-4 weeks so your provider can look at the ear drums with an otoscope is important. At times, the infection will clear enough to not produce symptoms, but fluid will remain (this tends to get re-infected). In general, ppeople on the correct medication will start to feels relief from their symptoms within 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

You can't: Short answer: you can't. If they complain of pain, it is possible, but even that might be misleading. (it might be from something else and just feels like it is from their ear.) ear infections don't always need treated, either. Sometimes, you're actually better off waiting as it might do just fine without an antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked; we'll talk about options. ...Read more

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My baby doesn’t seem sick, but if she keeps pulling on her ear, does she have an ear infection?

My baby doesn’t seem sick, but if she keeps pulling on her ear, does she have an ear infection?

Not necessarily: Babies / toddlers pull at their ears for many reasons, including ear infections. But unlike the sensory nerves on the outside of our bodies, the pain and sensory nerves on the inside (including the ear) are vague for location. The nerves that go to the ear also go to the teeth, the throat and tonsil area, among other places. The most common cause for ear-pulling is teething. If in doubt, see ped. ...Read more

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My child's ear is draining. He has ear tubes and is on antibiotics. Anything else to do?

My child's ear is draining.  He has ear tubes and is on antibiotics.  Anything else to do?

Ear drops...: ...Are the treatment of choice for draining ears. Think of it as good news - if not for the tubes, the drainage would have collected behind the eardrum and led to infection with pain and fever. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Often come together: Pinkeye and ear infections often occur at or near the same time although they also occur separately.The Amoxicillin will not achieve a level in babies system to kill the eye germs.Your pedi or family doc can provide eye drops that help. ...Read more

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My 6 month old bub was prescribed kenacomb otic ear drop and keflor anti for his ear infection that he has had for a while will this clear it &howsoon?

My 6 month old bub was prescribed kenacomb otic ear drop and keflor anti for his ear infection that he has had for a while will this clear it &howsoon?

Ear infection: Most ear infections (85%) are viral in a child who has been vaccinated but having commenced antibiotics please complete the regimen - it will tke about 4 days to feel better. ...Read more

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My son is 16 months old, has had 4 ear infections, and is not talking. Does he need to see an ENT or is a hearing evaluation enough?

My son is 16 months old, has had 4 ear infections, and is not talking. Does he need to see an ENT or is a hearing evaluation enough?

If middle ear fluid: persists between bouts of otitis media, middle ear infection, it can cause some conductive hearing loss, but not persistent Expressive Language Delay after it clears spontaneously or by surgery. He needs an ENT exam, an accurate hearing test & developmental evaluation by CA's Early Intervention Program. Find your local EI on http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/docs/EarlyStart_InformationPacket.pdf. ...Read more

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If my child is vomiting and has diarrhea, does he need antibiotics?

If my child is vomiting and has diarrhea, does he need antibiotics?

No: Probably not-- most causes of vomiting and diarrhea, at least in the developed world, are not bacterial infections and do not require antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics may make vomiting and diarrhea worse. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Examination.: The only way to be sure a child has an ear infection is to look at the eardrum. See a doc and have this done, if your child is sick, please. ...Read more

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Yeast n urine infection before.husband didn't get checked out,I'm + he has an infection now,what anti should he take? will it prevent conception?

Yeast n urine infection before.husband didn't get checked out,I'm + he has an infection now,what anti should he take? will it prevent conception?

Yeast infection: A yeast infection can be passed back and forth by sexual partners and both partners should be treated with antiyeast cream before resuming intercourse. These yeast infections don't involve the urinary bladder usually and,if there is a true bladder infection of the female,it has to be treated with antibacterial medications as well. Discuss this with your physician to see if he/she agrees. ...Read more

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HELP my two month old had milk go inside his ear . will that cause him.to have or get an ear infection?!?!!??

HELP my two month old had milk go inside his ear . will that cause him.to have or get an ear infection?!?!!??

No: Place him in a position to let the milk run out and all will be fine. The milk may eventually stink up the ear, but will not give him an infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more