Ok, I'm irritated and need some advice. The urgent care doc (NOT our pedi) said that he just has a cold and the cough is likely just from nasal drainage. Fine, perfect. Then he looks at DS's ears and says there's fluid, but it doesn't look infected and handed me a script for abx "just to be proactive" against possible infection. WTF? Is this normal? Should I give DS abx to ward off a potential ear infection? DS1 has never had an ear infection so I don't know what one looks like in a baby. WWYD?
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I'd agree with PL. I'd try a natural means first IF baby starts to show signs that he's getting uncomfortable. Fluid in the ears, especially in an infant, is pretty normal with a cold. And as the doc said, it didn't mean infection. I think that most parents of newborns tend to panic about ANY illness, and want *something* to "help." The problem is, often times ear infections associated with colds are viral anyway. You can hang on to the scrip, and if your DS ends up with an obvious ear infection that isn't helped within 24 hours by natural means, then of course use it. But "proactive" antibiotic use is why we have superbugs, and opens your DS and you up to problems with thrush. I'd take a few extra crabby and sleepless nights over a battle with thrush ANY day.