Full Course of Antibiotics Is Best for Infant Ear Infections, Study Finds
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Ear infections are often caused by bacteria, but some are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics.Babies with a middle-ear infection, known as acute otitis media, have pain, an eardrum that’s at least moderately protruding, and other symptoms.Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe new study included 520 babies 6 to 23 months old, the age group most prone to middle-ear infections.
Cutting Back On Antibiotics Doesn’t Work for Children’s Ear Infections : Shots
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For Young Kids’ Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works BetterEnlarge this image vgajic/Getty Images vgajic/Getty ImagesResearchers looking into whether a shorter course of antibiotics would treat young children’s ear infections as well as a longer course found that not only was the shorter treatment less effective but it didn’t reduce antibiotic resistance or side effects.The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes as physicians and researchers are looking for ways to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, including the possibility of using them for a shorter time against some common infections.The goal is to prevent bacteria from developing resistance to antibiotics.