Ear Infection Treatment Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Clindamycin

    Clindamycin

    Clindamycin is strong antibiotic used to treat difficult bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Cleocin on the label. It comes as liquid or capsules, and is also available as an injection or IV antibiotic.

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  • Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Biaxin on the label. It comes as liquid, tablets, or extended release tablets.

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  • Amoxicillin

    Amoxicillin

    Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. It does not help in viral infections such as a cold or flu. It’s often called “the pink stuff” or “the bubblegum-tasting one” by children. You might see a brand name such as Trimox, Moxatag, or Amoxil on the label. […]

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  • Cefdinir

    Cefdinir

    Cefdinir is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Omnicef on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of antibiotics (“cousins” to the penicillins). This antibiotic comes as strawberry and cream flavored liquid or as capsules.

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  • Ceftriaxone

    Ceftriaxone

    Ceftriaxone is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be given by injection. It’s used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children and is sometimes called by the brand name Rocephin. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of antibiotics (“cousins” to the penicillins). This antibiotic is only given as a shot or in […]

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  • Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Ceftin on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of antibiotics (“cousins” to the penicillins). This antibiotic comes as tutti-frutti flavored liquid or as tablets. According to the manufacturer, only 5 […]

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  • Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    If fluid from the middle ear space is draining out of the ear in a child with an acute ear infection (acute otitis media), there must be an opening in the eardrum – the air-tight membrane that separates the middle ear from the ear canal and helps us to hear. If fluid can get out […]

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  • Ear Tubes and Hearing

    Ear Tubes and Hearing

    As many as 700,000 children each year in the United States have ear tubes placed surgically to treat chronic and recurrent fluid behind the ear drum (otitis media with effusion, or OME). A study in the December 2005 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine argues that young kids who get tubes are more likely to […]

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  • Antihistamines and Ear Infections

    Antihistamines and Ear Infections

    Almost one in five clinicians will give a child an antihistamine or an antihistamine-containing cold medicine to give added relief to children with ear infections. Even when they don’t, parents will often pick up an over-the-counter product on their own. Their use seems to be rising, as antibiotic use is falling.

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  • Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    In stark contrast to some earlier studies, giving children flu vaccine does not help to prevent ear infections in young children, according to a large study published in the September 24, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association. Earlier evidence had suggested a protective effect — perhaps a large protective effect — from the vaccine.

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