Ear Infections (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
Call your doctor if:
Watchful waiting is when you and your doctor watch symptoms to see if the health problem improves on its own. If it does, no treatment is necessary. If the symptoms don't get better or get worse, then it's time to take the next treatment step.
Your doctor may recommend watchful waiting if your child is 2 years of age or older, has mild ear pain, and is otherwise healthy. Most ear infections get better without antibiotics. But if your child's pain doesn't get better with nonprescription children's pain reliever (such as acetaminophen) or the symptoms continue after 48 hours, call a doctor.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat ear infections (acute otitis media) include:
Children who have ear infections often may need to see one of these specialists:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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