Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children – When you need them—and when you don’t
Many children get ear infections. The infections are usually in the middle ear behind the eardrum. They may be caused by bacteria or by a virus. Doctors often treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. Antibiotics are strong medicines that kill bacteria.
Infants and some babies and children do need antibiotics.
But using antibiotics too often can be harmful. Here’s why:
In most cases, antibiotics are not needed.
They do not work for ear infections caused by viruses.
They 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 two years old.