Big News: Reflux and Ear Infections? !!!
    February 13, 2002
    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.…

    Single-Dose Antibiotic Approved for Ear Infection Treatment
    December 18, 2001
    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 r…

    Kids Feel Pain!
    September 6, 2001
    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 in…

    Watch and Wait for Ear Infections?
    August 28, 2001
    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 co…

    Ear Infections: Adding Up What We Know
    August 8, 2001
    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 a…

    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics
    July 31, 2001
    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 t…

    Herbal Drops For Earaches - When?
    July 24, 2001
    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 Archi…

    Steroids for Ear Infections?
    July 18, 2001
    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 ri…

    Ear Infections: Pain Drops Instead of Antibiotics?
    July 3, 2001
    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 Ma…

    June 28, 2001
    EarCheck Monitor

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The EarCheck machine is far more accurate than ear thermometers, but just as easy to use. It slips into the ear, you press a button, the child hears a chirping noise, and within f…

    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?
    March 30, 2001
    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?

    Dr. Greene's take on beneficial bacteria for ear infections... We know that active culture yogurt can prevent gastrointestinal infections. Could something similar work in the ears? (more…)…

    Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children
    March 13, 2001
    Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children

    Children exposed to the most cigarette smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood - regardless of how much fruit and vegetables they eat or the vitamins they take - according to a study …

    Cotton Swabs and Ear Performations
    December 18, 2000
    Cotton Swabs and Ear Performations

    I heard from a reader about an extremely common practice that most of us have been warned never to do: My wife was cleaning our three-year old daughter's ear with a cotton swab. She turned into the sw…

    Ear Infections and Pacifier Use
    October 12, 2000
    Ear Infections and Pacifier Use

    We've known now for several years that discontinuing the use of a pacifier can reduce ear infections in children. A study published in the September 2000 issue of Pediatrics looked at the effect of si…

    Dangers of Parental Smoking
    August 17, 2000
    Dangers of Parental Smoking

    Dr. Greene's take on parental smoking... (hint: don't do it!) A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal m…

    Do Earaches need Antibiotics?
    July 4, 2000
    Do Earaches need Antibiotics?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Earaches and ear infections overlap each other, but are not identical. This often causes confusion. An earache is the feeling of pain in the ear. Ear pain can have a number of dif…

    Earaches and Antibiotics
    July 4, 2000
    Earaches and Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene on the difference between 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 …

    Ear Infections - Predicting Them! Preventing Them?
    May 23, 2000
    Ear Infections – Predicting Them! Preventing Them?

    No one has fun when babies' ears are in pain. Testing a baby's cord blood for levels of maternal antibodies to pneumococcal bacteria can predict the frequency of ear infections. Information presented …

    Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections
    February 22, 2000
    Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections

    Antibiotic-resistant pneumococcal infections have become a major health problem. In February 2000 the FDA approved Prevnar, the exciting new vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections - the lead…

    How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children
    November 19, 1999
    How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

    The Great American Smokeout is the American Cancer Society's call to stop smoking. We all know that smoking leads to serious health problems for adults, but many people just don't get that being in a …