Ear Infections Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Big News: Reflux and Ear Infections? !!!

    Big News: Reflux and Ear Infections? !!!

    Chronic ear infections are a frustrating problem for many young children. A study published in the February 9, 2002 issue of The Lancet suggests a dramatic new approach to dealing with ear infections.

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  • Single-Dose Antibiotic Approved for Ear Infection Treatment

    Single-Dose Antibiotic Approved for Ear Infection Treatment

    While some children take medicines without a problem, many parents find it a struggle to get their children to take medicine — if the parents even remember each dose. Common antibiotic regimens can run 20 or 30 doses!

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  • Kids Feel Pain!

    Kids Feel Pain!

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Pain Society have issued a September 2001 policy statement calling for pediatricians to respect and manage the pain that children feel from injuries, illnesses, and (too often) from medical procedures.

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  • Watch and Wait for Ear Infections?

    Watch and Wait for Ear Infections?

    Avoiding complications from spreading bacteria is one of the most important reasons to treat ear infections with antibiotics. Mastoiditis, an infection of the skull bone behind the ear, is the most common serious complication.

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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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  • Herbal Drops For Earaches - When?

    Herbal Drops For Earaches – When?

    Ear infections can hurt! Topical drops can ease the pain while waiting for antibiotics to take effect or while watching to see if antibiotics are necessary. A study in the July 2001 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine evaluated prescription anesthetic ear drops versus an herbal product from Israel. Otikon Otic Solution […]

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  • Steroids for Ear Infections?

    Steroids for Ear Infections?

    Fluid in the ear behind the eardrum is the most common cause of new or temporary hearing loss in children. Sometimes doctors prescribe steroid nasal sprays or even oral steroids in an effort to get rid of the fluid faster.

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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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