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My baby is two months old and has ear infection. The doctor said that his ear drum might burst. (1) Will his hearing be affected in the future? (2) He was taking the "pink medicine", amoxicillin - antibiotic, 2.5 cc once, 3 times a day. Is there any side effect for the baby to take this medicine? (3) How long will it take to heal the ear drum? (4) How to prevent the sickness reoccur?
    
Unfortunately, ear infections can not be prevented despite a parent's best efforts. They are the most common medical problem requiring antibiotics in the pediatric age group.

The only way you can be sure that your child's ear infection is cleared up is to have your baby rechecked by his pediatrician. Proper care of ear infections will prevent hearing problems.

Two months old is a bit young for the first ear infection so make sure that there are no risk factors in your son's life that might predispose to ear infections in the future. These include:
1. Cigarette smoking in the house
2. Giving the child a bottle while he is laying down
3. Exposure to virus germs at daycare(br) 4. A family history of ear infections.

The "pink medicine" - amoxicillin - is very well tolerated in children with few side effects. The most common problems encountered while using this antibiotic are diarrhea and rashes. Consult your child's doctor if an of these occur.

 

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