We went to the ER with my two year old who was in extreme pain. After lots of tests and a CT scan they said he has mastoiditus. When we were there they looked at his ears and the ER doctor said they were red but he didn't think it was bad enough to cause the kind of pain he was in. So they jumpstarted him with some antibiotics at the hospital and then sent us home with a presciption for Augmentin. We had our follow up appt today. 3 days after leaving the hospital and his pediatrician says she definitely sees an ear infection in one of his ears now and just red in the other (he has mastoiditis on both sides). So that made her concerned that the antibiotics were not working like the should. So she prescribed something stonger. I had never heard of this before until Sunday. I am just really worried because it is so serious and I am wondering if anyone else had issues with a child having mastoiditis and if so did the antibiotics work and what are the steps to making sure it is gone. Any experiences with this are welcomed as I haven't been able to find many people who have heard of it let alone had it.
Infections of the mastoid bone used to be deadly, because of the proximity of the mastoid to the brain. With the use of modern antibiotics, they have become rare and treatable.
My late grandfather was a top EENT surgeon in San Francisco and performed many, many surgeries for mastoid infections.
I'm sure your little one will feel much better very soon!