Originally Posted by Lydiah
I would wait it out and use garlic infused olive oil to manage the pain. Most ear infections clear up with out abx.
I know first hand that that type of stuff doesn't do squat for the pain. My mom didn't believe in using drugs, so I just had to suffer through with only natural rememdies. So I've tried pretty much everything. Obviously, I was ok without abx, but once I could make my own choices, and found out how much better tylenol works to relieve pain, I was quite angry at what she put me through. Now if hte dr. had said abx weren't needed yet, or it was for an older child and I felt it was ok to wait to see a dr, I'd be ok with trying a natural treatment in addition to pain meds.
With a 5 month old, yes, I'd do antibiotics if the dr. recomended it. If he suggested waiting, or he gave the ok to wait after I asked, I'd use tylenol or advil and see how it went. . And older child, that could tell me their pain level easier, I might wait. If I really wanted to avoid abx, I'd ask the dr. about waiting. I think dr.'s sometimes assume we expect a prescription for every illness.
Oh, and to the poster I quoted above or anyone who knows, is the garlic oil stuff supposed to help the actual infection? I still get ear infections, and I generally refuse to see a dr. as I hate the side effects of all the abx I'm not allergic to. As I said, I know it doesn't hlep at all with pain. (at least for me)