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Can a child’s ear infection clear up on its own?
7 doctors weighed in

Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, indeed many ear infections do get better on their own.
But if fever, pain, loss of appetite, or excessive sleepiness persists for more than a day you should see a physician.

In brief: Yes
Yes, indeed many ear infections do get better on their own.
But if fever, pain, loss of appetite, or excessive sleepiness persists for more than a day you should see a physician.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joshua Batt
Dr. Joshua Batt
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: yes
Approximately 80% of ear infections resolve on their own.

In brief: yes
Approximately 80% of ear infections resolve on their own.
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Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Most childhood ear infections get better with very minimal treatment.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be used to keep fever controlled. Warm and cool compresses help pain relief. Don't put drops in the ear if you can't see the eardrum, and never use an ear candle.

In brief: Yes
Most childhood ear infections get better with very minimal treatment.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be used to keep fever controlled. Warm and cool compresses help pain relief. Don't put drops in the ear if you can't see the eardrum, and never use an ear candle.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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