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Ear Infections Don't Always Need an Antibiotic

Your baby has been up all night suffering from the pain of an ear ache. Naturally you'd like to ease your baby's discomfort. So you pick up the phone to make an appointment with the pediatrician so he or she can prescribe an antibiotic, right?

Not always. Ear infections are typically caused by bacteria or a virus. If bacteria are the source of the ear pain, an antibiotic can work. If a virus is the cause an antibiotic will not be effective. Let your pediatrician decide whether an antibiotic is necessary. There is no need to be disappointed if you leave the doctor's office without a prescription. As with all medications, antibiotics have side effects. More importantly, taking antibiotics when they are unneeded may lead to bacterial resistance. This means antibiotics may no longer work when exposed to certain bacteria? causing future treatments of illnesses to be more difficult than needed or even ineffective.

Whether your pediatrician decides to prescribe an antibiotic or not, ask your knowledgeable Big Y Pharmacist or pediatrician to guide you through treatment options to ease your baby's discomfort.