On the whole, ear infections or otitis, is not a problem for adults. Ear infections are mostly bacterial, and often amoxycillin is the medicine of choice among doctors. What makes otitis more complicated is if it happens with babies or children still unable to express words understandably – ear infections in the middle ear or otitis media, affects hearing and can lead to more serious conditions.
Understanding the Signs of Children
With children, it is important to watch out for specific signs that can lead one to conclude that the child is probably suffering from an ear infection. Tugging at one’s ears is a common reaction with children. If your child cries more often than usual, has trouble going to sleep or stumbles more often than he or she used to, you may draw other conclusions, but drainage from the ears is a sure sign. Combining all these symptoms together, you can be confident that it is time to bring your child to a doctor.
Many home remedies are available for ear infections, but if it is your child, it is not really recommended to experiment on alternative medicine – not when the potential consequences for the child up to his adult years are at stake. It is preferred that you still bring your child to a doctor.
The American Academy of Pediatrics have recently revised their guidelines regarding ear infections, advising abiding physicians to refrain from immediately prescribing an antibiotic for the otitis, especially if the child is under 6 months of age, with a preexisting medical condition, has a fever with a 102 degree temperature, and has fluid drainage coming from the child’s ear. Instead, further observation is recommended.
Several antibiotics are available for cases of ear infection. However, bacterial infections in the middle ear are of several varieties, and some antibiotics may work with some bacterial infections, and have no effect for others. After acetaminophen, a doctor will often prescribe several antibiotics such azithromycin, cefdinar or ceftriaxone to find the antibiotic cure for the bacteria.
The reason the American Academy of Pediatrics is minimizing the use of antibiotics for ear infections is that more and more strains of bacteria are becoming resistant to the known antibiotics. By giving the human body more time to combat the infection on its own, the effectiveness of the antibiotic is preserved.
Besides, for pain relief from the ear infection, anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin are available.
The Importance of Consulting with a Doctor
Especially for children, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to see a doctor for probable ear infections. First of all, it is difficult to know for certain if there is an ear infection present. Then the problem of which antibiotic to use comes up. And all this time, it will be your child’s health at stake and not yours – it is much easier, safer and wiser to find expert hands that can better take care of your child’s health.