Ear Infections Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Treating Painful Swimmers’ Ear

    Treating Painful Swimmers’ Ear

    Each year over 6 million cases of swimmer’s ear will cause kids (and adults) painful infections in the ear canal – interrupting many vacations and days of summer fun. People deserve speedy, safe, effective treatment to relieve the pain and get them back in the water. In April 2006, the American Academy of Otolaryngology came […]

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  • Ear Tubes and Hearing

    Ear Tubes and Hearing

    As many as 700,000 children each year in the United States have ear tubes placed surgically to treat chronic and recurrent fluid behind the ear drum (otitis media with effusion, or OME). A study in the December 2005 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine argues that young kids who get tubes are more likely to […]

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  • MRSA Ear Infections

    MRSA Ear Infections

    MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) is the name of a feared, antibiotic resistant, species of bacteria that can cause serious infections, especially in hospitals or in those whose immune systems have been compromised. But MRSA is now turning up in the ears of otherwise healthy children in otherwise healthy communities, according to a study in the […]

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  • The Best Antibiotics for Ear Infections

    The Best Antibiotics for Ear Infections

    The 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the treatment of ear infections includes specific recommendation for which antibiotics should be used in different situations. Most ear infections do not need antibiotics at all. If antibiotics are used, high-dose amoxicillin is the best choice for most children – along with treatment for their ear pain.

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  • Who Should Get Antibiotics for Ear Infections?

    Who Should Get Antibiotics for Ear Infections?

    The consensus, evidence-based 2004 guidelines recommend that children under 6 months of age with red hot ear infections should be treated with antibiotics for 10 days and pain relief for at least the first 24 hours, whether or not the diagnosis is certain. Remember, antibiotics do not help pain during the most painful first 24 […]

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  • The Antibiotic Hoax

    The Antibiotic Hoax

    Most parents are taught to think that if an antibiotic is given to their child for an ear infection, the medicine will help the child to recover. Not necessarily!

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  • Focus on Pain

    Focus on Pain

    I’ve long said that doctors should be giving more pain medicines than antibiotics to children with ear infections – because every child with an ear that is inflamed enough to need antibiotics clearly deserves pain relief. In addition, many children who don’t need antibiotics also deserve relief for their sore ears. The March 2004 AAP/AAFP […]

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  • Vanilla Ear Infections/Red Hot Infections

    Vanilla Ear Infections/Red Hot Infections

    With garden-variety ear infections (what doctors call otitis media with effusion, or OME), germ-filled fluid is present in the middle ear. Most ear infections in children are OME. We’ve known for about a decade that antibiotics are not necessaryfor these vanilla ear infections (as I like to call them).

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  • Revolution in Ear Infection Treatment

    Revolution in Ear Infection Treatment

    Contrary to common practice, most children with ear infections should not be treated with antibiotics, according to powerful, evidence-based guidelines released in March 2004 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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  • The Bottom Line: How well Does Observation Work?

    The Bottom Line: How well Does Observation Work?

    Investigators have compared matched children with acute, red hot ear infections who were treated initially with observation (including earache relief) and those who were treated initially with antibiotics. How did the two groups fare? I’d rather be treated with observation! The two groups felt the same as each other after 24 hours, and again after […]

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