Ear infections are common in the pediatric population. Symptoms of an ear infection could include fever, irritability and decreased appetite. Many ear infections are caused by viruses. In children over the age of 2 years without pain or fever, ear infections can be watched for up to 72 hours as they will usually resolve on their own without antibiotic treatment. Tylenol or Motrin may be used to control the pain. Children under the age of 2 are usually treated with antibiotics, although it is sometimes reasonable to wait to see if they will self resolve as well. The decision to use antibiotics is individual to each child and needs to be discussed with your health care provider. After your child is diagnosed with an ear infection, you should schedule a follow up appointment in 2-3 weeks to have his/her ears checked to ensure the infection has resolved.