I'd do as the pediatrician say. Why? Coz ear infection is serious. It can take up to 10 days of antibiotic to clear up an ear infection. My hubby had to have his ear canal operated on as a child due to ear infection gone unattended. Now he has limited hearing in one ear and there is a constant hissing sound. As for the steroid cream for face, is it Desowen cream? Apply a tiny tiny amt twice a day till it clears. No harm.