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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Middle Ear Infections
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of things you might have forgotten to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure to ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Are all ear infections painful?
- If my child shows no symptoms, is there any way to know if they have an ear infection and will it matter?
- Will untreated ear infections get better on their own?
- Does an ear infection mean my child has asthma or allergies?
- Do food allergies increase my child’s risk of ear infections?
- If my child has repeated ear infections, do I need to remove him or her from daycare or preschool?
- Should all of my children receive a flu vaccine?
- Are there other ways to prevent ear infections?
- Are my other children at risk of ear infections?
- How do we know if the cause of the ear infection will respond to antibiotic treatment? What about viruses?
- Will taking antibiotics make my child more vulnerable to other infections?
- What about resistance to antibiotics? Is it safe to delay antibiotic treatment of ear infections to see if they will get better on their own?
- Are homeopathic or other remedies effective against ear infections?
- What are the options for treatment of chronic infections?
- What can I do if my child is unwilling to give up his or her pacifier?
- Can we have a pet?
- Is my child likely to outgrow ear infections? When?
- If we have treated my child’s ear infections with antibiotics, can he or she still develop hearing loss?
- Can my child fly during or immediately after the ear infection?
- Can my child swim during or immediately after the ear infection?
- Can my child take a bath or a shower during or immediately after the ear infection?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014