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Antibiotics Not Always Necessary in Treatment of Otitis Media

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 15:31

Well it always takes a crisis (resistant Streptococcus Pneumoniae) to conclude the obvious. Once again, another report comes up emphasizing the watch and wait approach.

"Children with otitis media who do not have a high temperature or vomiting during the first three days will most probably not benefit from antibiotics.

"Family doctors should wait for 24 to 48 hours before prescribing antibiotics for children with otitis as many will settle down on their own, analysis of a randomised controlled trial shows"

Hopefully the practitioners will step out of their paradigm and put the research to practical application.