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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?

Not necessarily.: If he is under 6 months i woul say yes.Older kids with mild symptoms need close follow up. ...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 baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment ?

My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment ?

Common problem: Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed.That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. ...Read more

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My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?

My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?

Ear infections: Symptoms of ear infections (fever, pain etc) can apply to both viral and bacterial causes. Antibiotics treat only bacterial causes and viral causes are self-limited and will go away on their own. There are times when the child isn't demonstrating symptoms and the pediatrician may see fluid behind the ear drum - that is very likely viral and antibiotics aren't warranted. ...Read more

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I have an 8 month old baby on omoxicilian (spelling, antibiotic) for an ear infection. Has a wheezing cough. No temp. Should I be worry over wheeze?

I have an 8 month old baby on omoxicilian (spelling,  antibiotic) for an ear infection. Has a wheezing cough. No temp. Should I be worry over wheeze?

Amoxicillin: is a basic antibiotic that treats various bacterial infections. Did your child have the noisy breathing during the doctor's exam? Sometimes mucous drips down from the upper airways (sinuses, nose, throat) and causes irritation & noisy breathing. Have your child examined by his/her pediatrician when you can. Take care--- ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has had 2 ear infections this month and been on anti- he has been pulling his ears and crying don't know what to finish antibiotic?

My 6 month old baby has had 2 ear infections this month and been on anti- he has been pulling his ears and crying don't know what to finish antibiotic?

Ear infections: It is important that your baby finishes the antibiotic. Stay on schedule with this. Make sure he is getting enough fluids. Cuddle him as much as you can. It is hard when babies are sick but stay calm, supportive and patient. Talk to the pediatrician about the frequent ear infections and other possible treatments. ...Read more

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6 MS old baby has had 2 ear infections one after another after antibiotic in same ear. Any way i can prevented, when i consider tubes?

6 MS old baby has had 2 ear infections one after another after antibiotic in same ear. Any way i can prevented, when i consider tubes?

Nasal congestion?: If he has persistent nasal congestion then this may clog up his inner ear tubes leading to infection. Tubes may be needed when the infection has become chronic and not until then. Another possibility is that he was resistant to the antibiotic which failed to kill the bacteria. Need to control the nasal congestion if present. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has had 2 doses of antibioics in the last 6 weeks for a ear infection and now a throat infection is this ok?

My 6 month old baby has had 2 doses of antibioics in the last 6 weeks for a ear infection and now a throat infection is this ok?

It happens: Clearing ear infections in small infants is sometimes difficult, with reinfection rates running 10% by a month out if it even cleared at all. I encourage parents to use probiotic preparations to help reduce the effect on the kids happy germs that help digestion. ...Read more

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I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?

I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?

1st time 4 everythin: Hi. Your grandson has an ear infection. He never gets ill? 3 years is not a long life yet, and he just did get ill. Don't let this get you down. Kid'll do fine. ...Read more

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Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

See below: A h percentage of ear infections will resolve on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 years, you can treat the pain with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or warm drops of olive oil in the ear that hurts. If the pain is not gone after 3 days, then your child should be seen. ...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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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