Thu 13 Jan, 2011 08:53 am
Study: Antibiotics best treatment for toddlers with ear infections
Researchers warned the results of the study should be weighed against the side effects of antibiotics and the potential for the development of antibiotic resistance.
Source: (AHN) Reporter: David Goodhue
Location: Washington, DC, United States Published: January 13, 2011 08:36 am EST
Results of a federal study suggest antibiotics are the most effective treatment for middle-ear infections in young children.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases researchers said most children diagnosed with ear infections in the United States are treated with antibiotics. But some doctors treat children with mild infections with a wait-and-see approach.
And in Europe, many doctors keep a watch on children with ear infections instead of prescribing antibiotics for every degree of severity out of concern about the overuse of antibiotics.
The researchers assigned 291 children between 6 and 23 months of age with acute middle ear infections either an antibiotic or a placebo for 10 days. The children receiving the antibiotic had a significant reduction in both severity and duration of their symptoms compared with those in the placebo group.
The researchers warned, however, that the results of the study should be weighed against the side effects of antibiotics and the potential for the development of antibiotic resistance.
A report on the study appears in the Jan. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
Sure, but did they do some serious research into why kids get so many? Or did they investigate why most doctors won't bother doing a swab to see if an infection is bacterial or viral before putting kids on an antibiotic?
They probably treat with antibiotics while running cultures to determine the causative organism. I suspect that many mothers are pressuring the MDs to Rx the antibiotics, whether they're needed or not.