If antibiotics are prescribed, it is important to take them every day and to take all of the medicine. DO NOT stop the medicine when symptoms go away. If the antibiotics do not seem to be working within 48 to 72 hours, contact your provider. You may need to switch to a different antibiotic.
Besides, do ear infections go away on their own?
Not all ear infections need antibiotics to get better. Turns out that even if it is caused by bacteria, an ear infection can go away by itself. In fact, more than half of kids will start to feel better in a day with or without antibiotics, and in a week that number goes up to three-quarters.
What can I give my child for an earache?
Give your child pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children's Advil) to lessen the ear pain. Follow the dosage instructions on the package. Place a warm compress carefully over your child's ear for approximately 20 minutes. This may ease the earache considerably.