A 3-year-old male presents for reevaluation 3 days after being diagnosed with acute otitis media (AOM). The mother reports that the child has had frequent ear infections in the past. 3 days ago, he presented to urgent care with fevers and left ear pain. Prior to the ear pain developing he had viral symptoms including congestion, cough and a sore throat. At the visit 3 days ago, he was placed on an antibiotic for AOM. The mother reports that today he is “back to normal,” with high energy and a good appetite. Examination of his left ear reveals this image. Is any further intervention necessary?
The child’s acute otitis media is resolving as expected. No further intervention is indicated. The complete course of prescribed antibiotics should be taken.