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My son had a high 102 F so I took him to the doctor. Unfortunatelly I'm visiting my family so I couldn't see his doctor. She checked him and prescribed an antibiotic for ear infection. But the thing is that she said that she couldn't really see anything in his ears bacause there is too much wax.

He never had antibiotic before or ear infection. He is irritated and sleepy and has a fever. I'm not sure what to do with the antibiotic. I feel that she gave him antibiotic because we came and he has a fever and the most likely thing is the ear infection.

I'm going to wait till tomorrow and see, if he won't feel better I will go to another doctor or i'll give him the medicine.

What you think?
 

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Hmmmm. Seems a little odd to give antibiotics when she doesn't even know whether or not he has an ear infection. Is there somewhere you can go to get a natural remedy like garlic oil or Hylands Ear Relief? Maybe someone else will have a good suggestion for the excessive wax.
 

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102 is pretty high - - but I think 104 is the real worry point. I'd monitor his fever VERY closely. If he's not too uncomfortable, the wait and see approach is a good one. Ear infections clear up on their own so often (I'm a veteran) - and it does sound like the doc just gave you antibiotic on a guess - best to avoid antibiotics unless truly necessary.

Is DS in much ear pain? Sometimes the pain is really really intense - in that case, I'd administer the antibiotic too as it really starts to work on the infection pretty quick. No more pain after 1 or 2 doses for us usually.
 

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If he seems like he is in pain around the ear area, I would give it to him. Why did they not clean the wax out then look?
: Thats odd. If he doesn't seem like there is any pain, I would wait and see if the fever goes away. If it lasts more than 2 or 3 days, then its usually some type of infection.
 

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Thanks!!

It's defenitely not an ear infection. He threw up today and the fever is almost gone, although it was 103.6 in the morning. He seems to feel much better and i'm glad I didn't give him this antibiotic.
 

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She checked him and prescribed an antibiotic for ear infection. But the thing is that she said that she couldn't really see anything in his ears bacause there is too much wax.
: So, she didn't clean the ear out? Our doctor has done that 2-3 times with dd -- she has a little tool that she uses to clean the ear wax out and look at her ears.

Glad you didn't give the antibiotics.

Generally speaking, our doctor doesn't want us to come in 'just' for a fever (102 isn't actually that high) unless the fever's been going on for more than 3-4 days. I guess most viral fevers go down within that time frame.

Heck, even when ds' fever once spiked to 105, they had us do home care for about 30 minutes to see if we could get it down (that was the advice nurse). Ds had a fever, had chosen warm fuzzy pjs for bed and buried himself under his blankets. After stripping him down and bathing him, and giving him tylenol, his fever went down to a managable 102, and the advice nurse told us we didn't need to come in (but that we probably should sleep near him that night).
 
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