My middle son Giovanni was one of those kids who was prone to recurrent ear infections. I remember the first time he developed a middle ear infection and was crying and clearly in so much pain. He was four and panicked, I rushed to the doctor to find out what to do.
I was prescribed antibiotics however he refused to take them. My mum brain went something like this…
If he doesn’t take his antibiotics his ear infection won’t clear up and the infection will spread and he will die.
Except he didn’t die. He got better. With some rest and TLC his middle ear infection cleared up on its own and he was back at school in a few days. Pain relief is often all that is needed to get them through those few days of illness.
There’s nothing worse than seeing our kids sick. Once the hugs stop working and we realise we need to take them to the doctor we’re willing to do anything needed to make them feel better.
"My middle son Giovanni was one of those kids who was prone to recurrent ear infections." Image: iStock.
The first few times my children had ear infections we often ended up with antibiotics but that’s less likely to be the case now. Treatment for ear infections has changed. Antibiotics as it turns out, often don’t really make too much of a difference as to how quickly a child recovers.
Most ear infections will clear up in a few days with lots of TLC and pain relief if needed. I’ve also realised it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and rash) of antibiotics when considering the risks and benefits of taking them in any particular situation