• There is normally no need to treat ear infections with antibiotics. Pain control with Paracetamol and / or Ibuprofen is all that is normally needed.
  • If your child is having hearing problems, or the ear is draining, they should see a GP.

How long will it last?

  • A sore throat typically lasts around 1 week

Do antibiotics help?

After one week, more than three-quarters of children will be better whether they take antibiotics or not. Most (14 out of 15) children who take antibiotics get better just as quickly as if they had not taken them. Children under the age of two with ear infections in both ears, and those with an ear infection that is draining, are more likely to benefit from antibiotics than other children and should be seen by a doctor or nurse.

This information comes from the “When should I worry leaflet?” http://www.whenshouldiworry.com/resources/When%20should%20I%20worry-Booklet_Scotland.pdf