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Could you tell me what are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Motrin
There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections.
" We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with Motrin/pain control. The problem with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language development. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection.

In brief: Motrin
There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections.
" We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with Motrin/pain control. The problem with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language development. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics
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In brief: Alternative treatmen
Ear infection tends to be common in the first two years of children life.
Antibiotics is the mainstay therapy. Alternative treatment includes watchful waiting as most ear infections resolves spontaneously. There are studies that xylitol that is available in powder and nasal spray help in ear infections.

In brief: Alternative treatmen
Ear infection tends to be common in the first two years of children life.
Antibiotics is the mainstay therapy. Alternative treatment includes watchful waiting as most ear infections resolves spontaneously. There are studies that xylitol that is available in powder and nasal spray help in ear infections.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Committee on infectious diseases recommends withholding antibiotics since most ear infections are viral. Use antibiotics if there is a positive bacterial culture, or certain clinical signs: persistent fever, lethargy, high white cell count, or other site of suspected bacterial infection.
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