If parents fail to treat a bad ear infection with antibiotics "not much bad really does happen," Rucoba says. Occasionally, the ear drum can rupture, but even that would eventually heal. In very rare instances an untreated, severe ear infection can lead to Mastoiditis, a severe bone infection, or meningitis. But according to Rucoba, using the "wait-and-see approach does not make these conditions any more likely."
Joanna Broder is a writer living in Evanston with her husband.
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