Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

Define "infection" The presence of middle ear fluid is a common finding in infancy and studies find as many as 40% have it for up to 3 months without invasion by germs. Some infants get a mild viral middle ear infection that self clears in about 3 days & no meds are needed. When the process involves germs that turn middle ear fluid to pus, which the doc can see on exam, it will need antibiotics.
Not necessarily. If he is under 6 months i woul say yes.Older kids with mild symptoms need close follow up.
Probably. Most babies under age two with an ear infection need antibiotics as part of their treatment. There is a high rate of bacterial infection with ears, and if not treated, the infection can spread or damage the ear. Older children with mild symptoms can sometimes be managed without antibiotics. Ask you pediatrician if this is an option.
Not necessarily. Ear infections that aren't causing pain may clear without antibiotics (or the risks that antibiotics carry for allergic reactions, germ resistance building, diarrhea, etc.) See your pediatrician to determine whether an antibiotic is needed or if careful watching may be just as good - or better!

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My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment?

Common problem. Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed.That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. Read more...

My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?

Ear infections. Antibiotics cure susceptible bacterial infections. They do not do anything to viruses. Many children with ear infections will heal well without antibiotics. This is something to discuss with the pediatrician--the child's age, general state, and access to medical care all come into play in making treatment decisions. Read more...
Ear infections. Symptoms of ear infections (fever, pain etc) can apply to both viral and bacterial causes. Antibiotics treat only bacterial causes and viral causes are self-limited and will go away on their own. There are times when the child isn't demonstrating symptoms and the pediatrician may see fluid behind the ear drum - that is very likely viral and antibiotics aren't warranted. 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...

I have an 8 month old baby on omoxicilian (spelling, antibiotic) for an ear infection. Has a wheezing cough. No temp. Should I be worry over wheeze?

Amoxicillin. is a basic antibiotic that treats various bacterial infections. Did your child have the noisy breathing during the doctor's exam? Sometimes mucous drips down from the upper airways (sinuses, nose, throat) and causes irritation & noisy breathing. Have your child examined by his/her pediatrician when you can. Take care--- 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...

6 MS old baby has had 2 ear infections one after another after antibiotic in same ear. Any way I can prevented, when I consider tubes?

Not unusual. It is common for infants to have ear infections and 5-10% will fail to respond to any initial antibiotic used. After 90 days of repeated infections or 5 in a year, a kid may benefit from ear tubes.A discussion with your doc and consistent followup can help you decide where this is headed. Read more...
Prevention. When feeding child do not prop bottle feed baby on an angle.Use saline nose drops to keep nasal congestion at a minimum.Prop up baby's mattress when sleeping. Keep room temp at 68 degrees. Use humidifier if room is too dry. Read more...
Nasal congestion? If he has persistent nasal congestion then this may clog up his inner ear tubes leading to infection. Tubes may be needed when the infection has become chronic and not until then. Another possibility is that he was resistant to the antibiotic which failed to kill the bacteria. Need to control the nasal congestion if present. Read more...

My 6 month old baby has had 2 doses of antibioics in the last 6 weeks for a ear infection and now a throat infection is this ok?

It happens. Clearing ear infections in small infants is sometimes difficult, with reinfection rates running 10% by a month out if it even cleared at all. I encourage parents to use probiotic preparations to help reduce the effect on the kids happy germs that help digestion. Read more...