Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infections)
Antibiotics are not always the answer!
- Ear pain/pulling
- Fussiness and/or poor sleep
- Trouble hearing
80% of childhood ear infections resolve without antibiotics.
This is especially true if:
- Your child is 2 years old or older
- Pain is mild, occasional, goes away with medication,
or is on one side only
- There are no fevers, or fevers are mild (<102˚F)
Treatment should start with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain/fever-reducing medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. (Ibuprofen should only be given if 6 months of age or older), as needed. See your pediatrician to determine if an infection is present, and antibiotics may be required if:
- Your child is under 2 years old
- Severe pain or high fever (>102˚F) are present
- Symptoms are not improving within 48-72hrs
- Drainage from the ear or eyes occurs at that same time