How should I treat my child's earache?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A doc will often prescribe antibiotics for an earache, though many earaches are actually caused by a virus. And recent research suggests that taking antibiotics to treat an ear infection is associated with a higher likelihood of a recurrence. Ear infections, if viral, usually go away by themselves in three to five days. In the interim, you can give eardrops for the pain.
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