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How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Pediatrician

If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously.
Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician.

In brief: Pediatrician

If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously.
Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Julie Tomberlin
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Different treatments

There are different types of ear infections that require different treatments.
If your child has congestion, encourage him to blow his nose and keep him propped up on pillows at night. This will help to relieve some of the congestion that can lead to a middle ear infection.

In brief: Different treatments

There are different types of ear infections that require different treatments.
If your child has congestion, encourage him to blow his nose and keep him propped up on pillows at night. This will help to relieve some of the congestion that can lead to a middle ear infection.
Dr. Julie Tomberlin
Dr. Julie Tomberlin
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Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See the doctor

If its viral it will resolve on its own but if not it will need an rx.

In brief: See the doctor

If its viral it will resolve on its own but if not it will need an rx.
Dr. Michael Jones
Dr. Michael Jones
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