Mine just FINALLY got his ear infections cleared up after 3 courses of antibiotics. I can tell you that the NP that saw him most recently told me that eardrums can be red for a lot of reasons and that being red doesn't mean it has to be treated. She said that if there are no other symptoms then she often won't even mention the redness to a parent because it's no big deal. However, if the child is having pain, fever, or there is a fluid buildup she will treat. In my son's case, when she checked his ears one of the first things she said was that it was bloody/cherry red. Add to that his 103 fever, his loss of appetite, and his obvious pain and the fluid that was present the last time & he got antibiotics. I've also read that milk can cause ear infections. Try cutting that out and see what happens.
at 10:13 PM on Mar. 24, 2010