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My 2 yr olds dr always says she has an ear infection even though she shows no signs of illness/infection.Do I need to keep giving her antibiotics?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotics?

Antibiotics not needed.
Your child may have persistent fluid in her ears. If this has been going on for 3 months or more, i suggest you get a hearing evaluation and ENT check.

In brief: Antibiotics?

Antibiotics not needed.
Your child may have persistent fluid in her ears. If this has been going on for 3 months or more, i suggest you get a hearing evaluation and ENT check.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

The current recommendations by the aap and aafp both state that in the absence of symptoms that antibiotics are not needed.
Likewise, if the fevers or ear pain are controllable with tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin, antibiotics are not needed.

In brief: No

The current recommendations by the aap and aafp both state that in the absence of symptoms that antibiotics are not needed.
Likewise, if the fevers or ear pain are controllable with tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin, antibiotics are not needed.
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2 comments
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
Many ear infections are caused by viruses and will go away without antibiotics.
Dr. Neil Giddings
Not doing anything wrong, but if fluid is present, even if not infected for more than 90 days, does need to have a hearing test. If fluid goes away, then do not need a hearing test
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

If s/he is overcalling the infections and just treating fluid accumulation it is unnecessary.
However, kids don't always have obvious symptoms when they have germs & pus in the middle ears & need treatment. Untreated disease can sometimes self heal over 8-12 weeks but the middle ear fluid can also turn to a thick glue like material & never clear without help. A visit to an ENT would be helpful

In brief: Depends

If s/he is overcalling the infections and just treating fluid accumulation it is unnecessary.
However, kids don't always have obvious symptoms when they have germs & pus in the middle ears & need treatment. Untreated disease can sometimes self heal over 8-12 weeks but the middle ear fluid can also turn to a thick glue like material & never clear without help. A visit to an ENT would be helpful
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