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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    Hi all,

    My little tacker has turned into a nightmare sleeper recently, but only at night. He's 9mo and wakes up every few hours. I've been putting it down to teething (poor lad doesn't have any teeth yet but a couple are threatening to break through any minute), or wanting a feed (that he doesn't need - I'm trying to break him of that habit) or crawling around in his cot and bumping his head during his sleep, but now I'm starting to think it might be an ear infection. He doesn't seem to have any other symptoms, other than crying when he lays down at night.

    I'll take him to the GP tomorrow, but it's been so long since we've had an ear infection in our household (my DD, who's 3yo, hasn't had one in about two years) that I can't remember how the doctors prefer to treat them. Is he likely to be prescribed antibiotics or just pain relief (ie Auralgan and paracetamol) until it clears up by itself?

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    Antibiotics generally. If it isn't treated the ear drum can burst. We have recently been through a heap of ear infections and ENT inspections with our son.

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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    With kiddies they tend to err on the side of caution and treat with antibiotics. Sometimes they'll syringe the ear if there's a lot of wax.

    Has he had lots of green snot?

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    Default Re: How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    DS was also 9mo when he had an ear infection and was prescribed antibiotics (amoxcill..sp?). He started feeling a lot better after the second dose and was finally able to get some rest. I hope your little one feels better soon, ear infections are nasty

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    It depends how bad it is, if it looks bad they usually go with AntiBs, but if it looks moderate or mild they will generally take a "wait and see" approach. It also depends on the doctor, some hand out Antibs like lollies, others are more cautious with how they use them etc.

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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    80% of ear infections I've heard are viral so most doctors do wait and see.

    Our gp usually does a swab to check if bacterial or viral and then if the ear infection is still there 3 days later - then prescribes ABs.

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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    80% of ear infections I've heard are viral so most doctors do wait and see.

    Our gp usually does a swab to check if bacterial or viral and then if the ear infection is still there 3 days later - then prescribes ABs.
    This is true, but a GP really should be able to tell if it's bacterial. It's a shame that so many of them can't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollychops View Post
    Has he had lots of green snot?
    Nope - like I said, no other symptoms (except for some ear-pulling, which might be a teething red herring). He's super active and happy during the day and usually sleeps for 1.5hrs each morning and afternoon without too many dramas.

    Yeah, guess I'll just have to see what the GP says tomorrow. Thanks girls

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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    Every ear infection my girls have had has been treated with antibiotics.

    They have each had heaps though and both have had a set of grommets in by their 2nd birthdays

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    Default How are GPs treating infant ear infections these days?

    Every ear infection here has been treated with antibiotics (amoxicillin).

    For us, they've always been preceded by a cold and are accompanied by a very irritable mood and a fever.

    An ear infection wouldn't explain long-term ongoing night waking....that is more likely another issue.


 

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