Doctors are more and more leery of giving little ones antibiotics for issues like ear infections. There are nasty side...
Doctors are more and more leery of giving little ones antibiotics for issues like ear infections. There are nasty side effects plus it builds up your baby's immunity to antibiotics - making something deadly hard to treat even harder. baby ear infections Still, what I've heard on forums is that mamas are worried because no antibiotics means no pain relief. That's not entirely true though. When Cedar was a baby until he was about four he had a ton of ear infections. I don't know if he was just more prone, or it was because we lived on an extremely wet Northern California beach. Who cares about the cause though, my main concern was that he had them. In any case, we did give him antibiotics some of the time. Then some of the time not. We didn't want his immunity building up too much because it makes antibiotics less effective. His peditrician agreed. Cedar had pain with both treated and untreated infections for about a day or two. So the antibiotics didn't help with the pain. Also, we found that he got better in about the same amount of time either way. Out pediatrician recommended giving Cedar baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain - especially at night so he could rest better. The baby ibuprofen worked well. Antibiotics can have major side effects including nausea, rash, diarrhea, and even cause dangerous allergic reactions. Also, each time your baby has antibiotics, it'll be more possible that he'll harbor drug resistant bacteria. So, the next time your baby has a basic ear infection, talk with his pediatrician and see if you can go sans antibiotics. The pain won't be worse, he'll likely heal just as quickly, and won't build up a resistance.

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