What is The Definition of an Ear Infection?
    March 11, 2004
    What is The Definition of an Ear Infection?

    Fluid must be present in the ear, behind the eardrum, for there to be an ear infection (what doctors call otitis media). The tiny eardrum is a sensitive structure, and can hurt for many reasons: inclu…

    The Diagnosis Secret
    March 11, 2004
    The Diagnosis Secret

    If your little girl has a stuffy nose, a slight fever, and wakes up crying, tugging on her ear, and saying, “My ear hurts!” – then she may have an acute ear infection. But it is almost as likely…

    What Does Observe Mean?
    March 11, 2004
    What Does Observe Mean?

    Ask your doctor if the observation option is appropriate for your child. It’s the best option for many children, even many of those with red hot ear infections. (more…)…

    Antihistamines and Ear Infections
    October 3, 2003
    Antihistamines and Ear Infections

    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 o…

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine
    September 29, 2003
    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    In stark contrast to some earlier studies, giving children flu vaccine does not help to prevent ear infections in young children, according to a large study published in the September 24, 2003 Journal…

    Antibiotic Use Dropping
    September 9, 2003
    Antibiotic Use Dropping

    Antibiotic use in children increased steadily through the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s, and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria increased as well. Researchers at Harvard University looked…

    Home Treatment of Ear Infections
    September 5, 2003
    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 problem…

    Ear Tubes and Development
    August 7, 2003
    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 ques…

    High-dose Amoxicillin
    January 21, 2003
    High-dose Amoxicillin

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The best dose of amoxicillin has changed in recent years. The change to high-dose amoxicillin came because many bacteria were getting partially resistant to it. Rather than switch…

    PE Tubes
    January 13, 2003
    PE Tubes for Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The average length for most types of PE tubes to stay in is about nine months, but this length varies depending on the kind of tube used. They sometimes stay there a good bit long…

    Augmentin vs. Zithromax for Ear Infections
    January 3, 2003
    Augmentin vs. Zithromax for Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: There is no single antibiotic that is 'best' for ear infections. A number of different antibiotics each play an important role under different circumstances and sometimes it is be…

    Head Banging
    October 30, 2002
    Head Banging: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Head rolling, Body rocking Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hur…

    Food Allergies
    October 29, 2002
    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Food hypersensitivity, Oral allergy syndrome, Allergic proctocolitis Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don’t happen …

    Ear Infection
    October 28, 2002
    Ear Infection: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Acute otitis media, otitis media, AOM Introduction to ear infection: Many parents are familiar with being awoken by a crying baby with an ear infection. Ear infections are the most c…

    Deafness
    October 27, 2002
    Deafness: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Hearing loss, Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss Introduction to deafness: In that first golden moment when you gazed at your baby in the delivery room, he was alrea…

    cough
    October 26, 2002
    Cough: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to cough: Your home calms at night, the children are tucked into bed – but then loud coughing replaces the silence. It’s impressive that a body so small can cough so loud. What is a c…

    diseases_commoncold_article_preview
    October 25, 2002
    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Upper respiratory tract infection, URI, Nasopharyngitis, Viral rhinosinusitis. Introduction to a common cold: It’s called the “common cold” for a reason. Your child will probab…

    Allergies
    October 23, 2002
    Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Nasal allergies, Allergic rhinitis, Hay fever, Seasonal allergic rhinitis, Perennial allergic rhinitis, Pollen allergy, House dust allergy, Pet allergies, Mold allergies Introduction…

    The Tubes Are In -- Now What?
    May 10, 2002
    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 afte…

    Earplugs and Ear Tubes
    March 4, 2002
    Earplugs and Ear Tubes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The question of earplugs and ear tubes is an interesting one. For years the standard recommendation has been to use earplugs, but there was a fascinating study a few years ago whe…