In most cases of middle ear infection, antibiotics are not needed. They don't work for ear infections caused by viruses and do not help the pain. Usually, viral infections and many bacterial infections go away on their own in two to three days, especially in children who are over 2 years old. Here's what to do instead.
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- Plain English: Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children (AAFP) →
- Spanish: Antibióticos para infecciones del oído en niños →
- Webpage file: Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children →
- Webpage file: Antibióticos para infecciones del oído en niños →