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Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children (AAFP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Family Physicians
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 01/14/2014
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.