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 antibio…

    What is The Definition of an Ear Infection?
    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
    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 that …

    What Does Observe Mean?
    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
    Antihistamines and Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene's take on antihistamines for 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…

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine
    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
    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 at re…

    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 problem…

    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 questi…

    High-dose Amoxicillin
    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 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
    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: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hurt their child, perhaps even causing brain dam…

    Food Allergies
    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don't happen that young, or that they are very rare. We've learned that food allergies certainly do ha…

    Ear Infection
    Ear Infection: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ear infection: Many parents are familiar with being awoken by a crying baby with an ear infection. Ear infections are the most common reason that children take an extra trip to the doc…

    Deafness: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: In that first golden moment when you gazed at your baby in the delivery room, he was already beginning an amazing journey of learning. And how do children learn? They take in the world b…

    cough
    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 it? Cou…

    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to a common cold: It's called the "common cold" for a reason. Your child will probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Most kids have had eight to ten colds by their secon…

    Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to allergies: Children with allergies tend to get more ear infections, more colds, and have more sleepless nights than their peers. Far too often, the underlying allergies are missed and …

    The Tubes Are In -- Now What?
    The Ear Tubes Are In — Now What?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics established in 2002 five guidelines for the care of children who have tympanostomy or ear tubes. The first guideline calls for a follow-up visit within the first mon…