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How common is a child with ear infection resistant to antibiotics?
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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Common
Many common bacteria dev elop resistance to commonly used antibiotics.
Sometimes a second course of a different antibiotic may be necessary, and it can takes several weeks or up to 2 months before fluid completely clears from behind a childs ear drum following an acute infection.

In brief: Common
Many common bacteria dev elop resistance to commonly used antibiotics.
Sometimes a second course of a different antibiotic may be necessary, and it can takes several weeks or up to 2 months before fluid completely clears from behind a childs ear drum following an acute infection.
Dr. Neil Giddings
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Common enough
In the past the cited numbers were 5-10% failure with first med (no matter how expensive), 30% after moving to 2nd drug and less with 3rd & thereafter. The muck behind the ear drum can become as thick as axel grease so meds don't penetrate.
It is important not to judge failure too quickly, fluid can remain for 6-8 weeks after germs clear out.

In brief: Common enough
In the past the cited numbers were 5-10% failure with first med (no matter how expensive), 30% after moving to 2nd drug and less with 3rd & thereafter. The muck behind the ear drum can become as thick as axel grease so meds don't penetrate.
It is important not to judge failure too quickly, fluid can remain for 6-8 weeks after germs clear out.
Dr. James Ferguson
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