It depends. Children <6 months old should always receive antibiotic treatment for ear infections. Children from 6 months - 2 years who have an uncertain diagnosis of ear infection and a mild illness do not need antibiotics. Children 2 years and older do not need antibiotics if their illness is mild or if the diagnosis is uncertain. All children with ear infections should follow up closely with their doctor.
Yes. Most definitely they can. Antibiotics, if used, may only shorten the symptoms by a day. If your child is prone to recurrent infections, however, it would be in their best interest to seek the care of a doctor for alternative treatment options.
yes. Approximately 80% of ear infections resolve on their own.