Almost one in five clinicians will give a child an antihistamine or an antihistamine-containing cold medicine to give added relief to children with ear infections. Even when they don’t, parents will often pick up an over-the-counter product on their own. Their use seems to be rising, as antibiotic use is falling.
A beautifully designed study in the September 2003 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that antihistamines make the situation worse – lengthening the time that it takes the ear infection to go away.
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