I brought Baby Dynamo to the pediatrician more than a week ago for his vaccine. The doctor did his routine check-up… checked the chest, back, eyes, nose, ears. And he declared: “Your son has otitis media, ear infection. But don’t worry, it’s just mild. We need to give him antibiotics for two days. Please come back after two days so I could check again.”
“But he doesn’t have any symptoms. No fever. No crying.” I reasoned out, quite confused by his diagnosis.
“Don’t worry about it. It’s just mild,” he reassured me.
I left the clinic with the doctor’s prescription. Instead of being the obedient mommy, I walked my baby home without buying the antibiotics. Mild ear infection, according to the doctor. No symptoms, none whatsoever. My baby is a happy baby save for some poking he did on my baby’s ears which caused my baby dynamo to cry bigtime.
I had been wary of giving antibiotics to my baby so I immediately checked the net. True enough, a mild ear infection does not warrant immediate antibiotic. Give and take three days for observation. If it’s viral, it usually just goes away. If it worsens, visit the doctor back if antibiotics is necessary.
When I went back to the clinic two days ago for another vaccine shot, a different pediatrician was on duty. I saw the record on their screen noting “acute otitis media”. I inquired why the note is acute whereas the other pediatrician told me it was just mild. “Sorry” was the reply.
I told her I didn’t give the prescribed antibiotics to my son. This time, the lady doctor answered, “For me, there is no need for anitbiotic”.
Mommies, be informed. Doctors do not have the monopoly of medical knowledge. It will benefit our children if we do our own research, too.