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Wednesday
Feb272013

FYI: New guidelines stress that not all ear infections need antibiotics! 

Ear infections are the number one reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics for children.  But research clearly demonstrates that a good deal of these infections (up to 60% according to some studies) are due to viral infections rather than bacteria, and thus, will clear up on their own WITHOUT antibiotics.

So earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics published their newest guidelines for the treatment of acute otitis media (ear infections) and recommended giving antibiotics only in the following circumstances

- Any child under 6 months of age with an ear infection

- Any child over 6 months of age with an ear infection ONLY IF ADDITIONAL CRITERIA ARE MET:

  • They have a history of frequent ear infections
  • Their fever is higher than 102.2
  • Their pain lasts longer than two days
  • They have a bulging ear drum

For children over 6 months of age, if the above criteria are not met, the AAP encourages doctorsto recommend "Watchful Waiting" which entails

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