Antibiotics or Home Remedies: What’s best?

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For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms.

“Children’s ear infections usually improve within two to three days, especially for kids who are 2 years or older. If your child’s health does not improve within a few days, it would be wise to take them in to see their provider,” says Tiffany Casper, D.O., a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician.

Dr. Casper recommends antibiotics for an ear infection if:

• Your child is 6 months old or younger.
• Your child is between 6 months and 2 years old and has moderate to severe pain.
• Your child is 2 years old or older and experiencing severe symptoms.

Ice cream, frozen fruit pops or cold beverages may soothe a sore throat. Older children can try gargling salt water or sucking on throat lozenges. Always encourage your child to get enough rest, so his or her body has a chance to recover.

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