Need antibiotic for toddler ear infection?

Antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics for children are best managed by a local pediatrician who can perform an in-person exam and determine the appropriate treatment course. This is not only in the best interest of your child, but for the general public as well. .
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Toddler won't take medicine - help! My 2 yr old toddler was diagnosed with an ear infection a week ago. Antibiotic was prescribed but we can't get him to take it. We've held him down to try and get it in his mouth using the dropper, hoping some of it wil

Since . Since it has been a week and your child seems better, you may want to take them back to their doctor to see if the infection is gone - if it is, then you can breathe a sigh of relief about getting medication into them for this round. For future illnesses, it's worth talking to your child's doctor about alternative methods for giving him medication depending on what he needs. Some antibiotics come in an injectable form (such as Ceftriaxone which can treat an ear infection with 3 shots over 3 days). You'll have to discuss with your child's doctor over whether this is a possibility in their clinic. Other antibiotics are notoriously awful tasting (penicillin, clindamycin) and trying to go for the better tasting ones (amoxicillin, cefdinir) can help as long as the good tasting ones are appropriate for treatment of the illness. You can also discuss techniques for medication-taking with the nurses in you child's doctor office. Many of them are masters at getting children to take medicines and may be able to give you some tips of demonstrate techniques. Finally, you may be able to find a pharmacy that flavors medications on an individual basis and can find a flavor the child likes. Or your child's doctor may be able to prescribe a pill form that can be crushed and hidden in pudding or yogurt. Some children find this to be much less objectionable than the liquid form. Good luck! legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. Read more...
Disguise it. Mix the antibiotic with ice cream or yogurt. If this is not feasible, ask your pharmacist to flavor the medication. Read more...

How does antibiotic resistance happen? I've been on numerous AB for repeated UTI as a child, And a few times for ear infections more recently.

Mutation and Change. Antibiotic resistance occurs because the bacteria find a way to survive. Through genetic mutation a few become tolerant to that type of antibiotic and survive. The bacteria evolve to continue there journey through DNA changes in their mitochondria or the cells energy center. They are programmed to do their thing and survive. That is why over use of antibiotics is so concerning. Read more...
Depends. Essentially using antibiotics frivously can cause bacteria to become immune to antibiotics - and hence they become less sensitive. Read more...
It's the germ not U. Your prior exposure to antibiotics does not make you resistant to antibiotics. Any effect they had is long gone as are the germs you had back then. Germs mutate just like animals or us. New strains emerge that figure out a way to ignore a specific antibiotic. You might encounter a germ where the 1st abx does not kill it & another is needed, but that is because they changed, not your body. Read more...
The strong survive. Antibiotics will kill most vulnerable bacteria. Some bacteria will survive by either activating genes or developing mutations that provide antibiotic resistance. Repeated exposure to antibiotics, especially in the short term, will increase the odds of antibiotic resistance being common in the natural bacteria in and on your body. Read more...

Child is on antibiotic, Amoxicillin 7.5ml BID. Has three days left and has started to run fevers again. Had an outer and middle ear infection. Why?

Fever on abx. Fever while on antibiotics can be something as simple as he has contracted a viral illness that is not responsive to antibiotics at all (not that uncommon a week after you have been in a germy doctor office) to something more serious like development of a resistant infection that is not responding to the Amoxicillin. You really need to make a follow-up visit with your doctor in the next day or two. Read more...

Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

See below. A h percentage of ear infections will resolve on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 years, you can treat the pain with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or warm drops of olive oil in the ear that hurts. If the pain is not gone after 3 days, then your child should be seen. Read more...

For ear infection which antibiotic should be used n in which dose?

Ask your doc. This site is not designed to be a substitute for proper evaluation and prescribing by a proper health care source. We try to provide accurate information on health care issues & help you seek poper local sources.R. Read more...
See your doctor. There is new data out there about not giving antibiotics for aom. Would discuss with your doctor. Read more...

Can you have rectal operation whilst on antibiotic for ear infection?

Antibiotics. Often, prior to a rectal operation, you will have to do a bowel prep, which includes antibiotics, but these are usually not the same antibiotics that you would necessarily use for an ear infection. Best to check with the surgeon who is doing the surgery to see if there might be any other issues or if the ear infection is better. Read more...
Talk to MD. If you have been on the antibiotics for a while it should not be an issue. If the ear infection is severe or causing fevers you may need to talk to your surgeon before proceeding. Read more...

Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends. You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. Read more...

I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?

Your grandson. is blessed if this is his first ear infection & he doesn't normally get ill. Bottom line, is that the world is filled with microbes. Also, a child has a short eustachian tube so getting an infection is pretty easy. Read more...
1st time 4 everythin. Hi. Your grandson has an ear infection. He never gets ill? 3 years is not a long life yet, and he just did get ill. Don't let this get you down. Kid'll do fine. Read more...
They all get them. My expectation is that all kids have at least one middle ear infection, usually before age 2. The relatively small head, small drainage tube from ear to throat, frequent exposure to cold viruses or airway irritants increase age adjusted risk. As the head grows & structures drain better, the tendency decreases. Read more...

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Amoxil (amoxicillin) Amoxicillen or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are usually the drug of choice for treament of ear infections. Read more...
Ear infection. The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. Read more...