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Ear infection: Us antibiotics or not?

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anonymxxx Wed 20-Aug-08 00:16:44

My 9month old son has his first ear infection.
We are given the option (by the doctor)to left his little body fight the infection (he has high fever) or administer antibiotics.
What would you do and what have been your experiences? Thanks!!!

KerryMum Wed 20-Aug-08 00:19:46

ds2 had 11 courses of antibiotics due to chronic ear infections in his first year alone (granted 4 of them were in hospital and iv to fight off very seroius chest infection).

the second I stopped giving him abs for ear infections he started getting better.

Had a brilliant ped. ENT who said 70% are viral anyway. Only give if there is a systemic infection (high fever).

anonymxxx Wed 20-Aug-08 01:48:16

KerryMum -- thanks so much for your answer. The Doc reckons it's bacterial since DS fever is very high. He has been very poorly for two days and two nights and we held off to give the ABs so far (we have them at home so that we can give them at night if necessary). I am very much against ABs unless necessary (realise they can be life savers!), but it's hard to see him suffer so much. Some people say it can get chronic if you don't give ABs, your story implies the opposite. Thanks for sharing your experience and hope your son has outgrown them!

KerryMum Wed 20-Aug-08 01:50:51

yes he is much better now thankfully. It wasn't until we took him to this great pediatric ent who told us to stop the abs that he started to improve. It was dire at the time. It seemed he was always sick.

Aitch Wed 20-Aug-08 01:51:08

okay... i suffer from ear infections and i ALWAYS take the anti-bs and they ALWAYS work. i would never, ever, EVER willingly put my child through that suffering.

i've been admitted to hospital for days with them, ear infections are absolute torture. believe me, if he could choose...

KerryMum Wed 20-Aug-08 01:59:17

but aitch if 70% of them are viral abs will do nothing against them.

op is talking about one infection though. ds2 was dealing with repeated, chronic infections. AND it wasn't until I tossed the abs (except for symptoms of systemic infection such as high fever, i.e. bacteral infection) that he started being able to fight them off on his own and soon they stopped altogether.

anonymxxx Wed 20-Aug-08 03:42:25

Thanks for your experience, Aitch. I agree the suffering is horrendous, although he seems to suffer more from the fever than anything else. (We give paracetamol and he gets much better for a while.) It seems to be somewhat cyclic - I think he's over it and then he becomes worse again. I think we see if he is better tomorrow and if not, we'll give the ABs.

Aitch, it seems there is a problem with resistance to Abs. Doc said that he had to go up the AB ladder in some kids that had repeated ear infections. It seems you had no problem with resistant strains? - I once had problems with resistance to bacteria that cause UTI. Wasn't nice at all... Hope your ear infections will get better.

Aitch Wed 20-Aug-08 10:58:22

yup, i had a problem wiht pseudomonas, which is completely antibiotic resistant. that's what put me in hospital. but i make sure they swab me for that as they write their first prescription, no point in giving abs if they're not going to work. they then call me back if it's psuedomonas (often picked up in swimming pools, not so clean bathrooms). morphine worked, in that instance, and coal tar packing, until it went away after a week of mortal agony in hosp. grin

personally it's not something i'd subject my kid to, but if you can manage the pain, then manage the pain. give more painkillers than you thought possible, or give the abs. imo. no treatment, or hesitant 'is he in pain?' treatment, would be unnecessarily cruel imo. use the painkillers as a prophylactic, if you don't want to give abs.

Aitch Wed 20-Aug-08 10:59:48

you did see that they gave me MORPHINE, didn't you?wink that's how sore it is, truly... morphine sore.

anonymxxx Mon 25-Aug-08 20:16:46

Dear Aitch and KerryMum,

thanks for your responses last week. Thought I should give you an update. DS had high fever for two days, on the third it came down and he was much better, no increased temperature on the fourth. We did not give ABs since he was so much better on the third day, but the week was tough.

Aitch, thanks for sharing your experience. I had ear infections but none was as painful as yours. It's good to know your experience, so that I do not conclude from my own pain level to that of others.

I hope this was a single incident and won't reoccur. If it does, I am sure I will be back seeking for advice.

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