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What are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection in a 1 year old child?
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antibiotics or?
There are no equivalent alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of a middle ear infection in a child with acute symptoms.
By acute, i mean ear pain, fussiness, fever, middle ear pus, poor feeding and sleep. Pain and fever can be managed with Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen). If symptoms persist, the antibiotic will be quite helpful.

In brief: Antibiotics or?
There are no equivalent alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of a middle ear infection in a child with acute symptoms.
By acute, i mean ear pain, fussiness, fever, middle ear pus, poor feeding and sleep. Pain and fever can be managed with Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen). If symptoms persist, the antibiotic will be quite helpful.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Most ear infections are caused by viruses and sometime you can wait and watch if it gets better by itself.If there is no high fever and child is otherwise playful and not in any pain,you can withhold antibiotics and check the baby after 48 hours if it is no worse and baby is otherwise fine then baby will most probabely recover without antibiotics
Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Prevention
In children under 2 years of age, we usually recommend treating ear infections with antibiotics.
Some ways to prevent ear infections are avoiding daycare or using a daycare with only a few children, avoiding exposure to smoke, breastfeeding, not allowing a bottle in the bed. In children who are having frequent ear infections, ear tubes can help avoid needing further antibiotics.

In brief: Prevention
In children under 2 years of age, we usually recommend treating ear infections with antibiotics.
Some ways to prevent ear infections are avoiding daycare or using a daycare with only a few children, avoiding exposure to smoke, breastfeeding, not allowing a bottle in the bed. In children who are having frequent ear infections, ear tubes can help avoid needing further antibiotics.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Ignore it
A true pus filled ear from a bacterial infection can self heal over 2-3 months.
(Scandinavian studies) It may rupture and drain, but this may alleviate the pain. Discomfort would vary. Potential issues would include a congeal formed immobilizing the ear bones with some hearing loss. Rarely infection penetrates the bone behind the ear requiring hospitalization/drainage. This happened in the 1900's.

In brief: Ignore it
A true pus filled ear from a bacterial infection can self heal over 2-3 months.
(Scandinavian studies) It may rupture and drain, but this may alleviate the pain. Discomfort would vary. Potential issues would include a congeal formed immobilizing the ear bones with some hearing loss. Rarely infection penetrates the bone behind the ear requiring hospitalization/drainage. This happened in the 1900's.
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