Earplugs and Ear Tubes
    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…

    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.…

    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 r…

    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 in…

    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 co…

    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 acu…

    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 t…

    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 Archi…

    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 ri…

    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 …

    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?
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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?
    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
    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?
    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
    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…