Ear Infection Treatment Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Home Treatment of Ear Infections

    Home Treatment of Ear Infections

    Ear infections are the number one reason that antibiotics are prescribed for children. But we know that 70 to 90 percent of kids with ear infections would recover well without antibiotics. The problems are that we don’t know which kids will recover without antibiotics and that, in the mean time, ear infections hurt!

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  • Ear Tubes and Development

    Ear Tubes and Development

    We know that fluid behind the eardrum decreases hearing in children as long as it is present. We also know that the first 3 years of life are a very important time in a child’s development. The question is – does inserting ear tubes to eliminate this fluid help with development?

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  • The Tubes Are In -- Now What?

    The Tubes Are In — Now What?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics established in 2002 five guidelines for the care of children who have tympanostomy tubes. The first guideline calls for a follow-up visit within the first month after surgery to ensure that the tubes are open and functioning, to answer questions, and to agree on a plan for any new ear […]

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  • Ear Infections: Adding Up What We Know

    Ear Infections: Adding Up What We Know

    The results of the 74 randomized, controlled studies of  ear infections published between 1966 and 1999 were analyzed and reported in the August 2001 issue of Pediatrics. About 78% of children with acute otitis media (AOM) who do not receive antibiotics will recover without complications within a week. Of the 28% who did not get […]

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  • An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    Ear tube surgery is the most common operation performed on children. The most common reason for the surgery is to treat prolonged fluid in the ear (otitis media with effusion, or OME). An article in the August 2001 issue of Laryngoscope evaluated an interesting alternative.

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  • Ear Infections: Pain Drops Instead of Antibiotics?

    Ear Infections: Pain Drops Instead of Antibiotics?

    Many  ear infections will get better on their own, with or without antibiotics. One problem with “watchful waiting” is that ear infections can really hurt — especially at night. An article in the May 2001 issue of Infectious Diseases in Children has a suggestion for when a physician has examined a child’s ear and decided […]

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  • Ear Check Monitor

    EarCheck Monitor

    Can you tell me about the new EarCheck monitor and how it works?

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  • Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?

    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?

    We know that active culture yogurt can prevent gastrointestinal infections. Could something similar work in the ears?

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  • Earaches and Antibiotics

    Earaches and Ear Infections

    Dear Dr. Greene, My name is Sharine, and our 5 year old son seems to get alot of ear infections. I’m just wondering if you can tell me in plain English, not in medical terms that no one else can understand; what’s the difference between an ear infection, to an ear ache??? And what causes […]

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  • Ear Infection Shot

    Ear Infection Shot

    Dr. Greene, my 9-month-old gets ear infections all the time. The problem is he won’t take antibiotics. He can recognize medicine a mile off. Right now we are trying to give him Septra, but he completely refuses. What do…

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