Ear infections are often treated with an oral antibiotic for 10 days.
Some ear infections get better without antibiotics. If your child is over 2 years old, the doctor may ask you to watch for a few days and only start antibiotics if the signs and symptoms are getting worse. Over the counter medicines like acetaminophen or ibuprofen help with pain and fever.
You doctor will refer to a specialist known as an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, if your child’s ear infections are not going away with treatment or keep coming back.
Some children need a surgery to put a small ventilation tube (tiny hollow tubes also known as ear tube or PET) in the eardrum. This helps air flow and lets the fluid drain out. The tubes most often stay in the ear drums for 6 to 12 months. Some children still get ear infections even with the ear tubes in place.
Your child will follow up with the ENT doctor until the ear tubes fall out and until your child stops having ear infections.