How long should it take for antibiotics to work? DD 14 mths has antibiotics for a middle ear infection in both ears. She started them on Monday, yesterday she still had a mild temp. Today she is still miserable. How long should they take to kick in?
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23-08-2012 12:43 #1
23-08-2012 12:48 #2Junior Member
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I fnd that they usually kick in within 72 hours, but I have known them to take a little longer. Poor little thing, ear infections suck! I hope she is feeling better soon.
23-08-2012 13:44 #3
There is also the possibility the ear infection is viral, therefore the antibiotics wont work on that.
Regardless, things should start getting better soon, whether it is bacterial or viral.
23-08-2012 20:20 #4
I would expect to see an improvement (ie temp decreasing, a little more active etc) in 48-72hrs. It depends on the severity of the infection to begin with, if it is quite bad then it will take longer to respond, but I would still expect fever (say drop for 40+ to 38) and lethery to improve...
23-08-2012 20:41 #5
DD1 has had probably 15 ear infections, so she has taken lots of abs .
If it was a bacterial infection, I have usually seen an improvement by 36 hours. If the abs made no difference, I have sometimes assumed it wasn't a bacterial infection in the first place. Or the abs might be treating the secondary ear infection but doing nothing for the primary viral bug, which is making her feel rotten.
Whatever you think, you should still finish the course anyway unless your GP says otherwise. I don't like over-medicating but I also hate seeing my kids suffer, so I have always used panadol & neurofen when they're miserable, panadol for the pain and neurofen for swelling (which can really help with the ear pain). You can give them together too, they act differently in the body. My GP says panadol is good for fevers over 38, so I try not to use it under that unless they are really miserable.
Ear infections suck, DD1 has had her fair share of them. Hope she gets better soon
Last edited by Gothel; 23-08-2012 at 20:50.
24-08-2012 12:50 #6
Thanks ladies, she seems better today. Eating my hand cream and climbing onto the back of the couch where she isn't allowed. So back to normal Thanks for your concern.
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