A common problem in young children, ear infections often are the subject of debate when it comes to management techniques.
Pediatric Ear Infection Resource Center
Ear infections remain a top reason for parents to bring their children to the pediatrician—and the top reason for antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods vary, but a new study reveals that a 10-day course of treatment with antibiotics in cases of acute otitis media (AOM) may be the gold standard.
A recent study found that taking a watchful waiting approach when managing acute otitis media in qualifying children proves to be the more cost-effective strategy to follow.
Researchers say efforts to improve breastfeeding and vaccination rates, and reduce infants’ exposure to cigarette smoke are paying off—with acute otitis media prevalence reduced by more than 50% in some age groups.
In May 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined with the American Academy of Family Physicians to publish a clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of acute otitis media (AOM). In 2013, the AAP revised the guideline with important changes presented in this review.
Researchers recently determined that acute otitis media is associated with an incremental increase in outpatient health care costs of $314 per child per year in the United States, which translates into approximately $2.88 billion in added health care expense annually.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a revised clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of uncomplicated acute otitis media in children aged younger than 12 years.
In children with certain otitis media, antibiotics resolve symptoms more quickly than watchful waiting
Two new studies provide solid evidence that antibiotic treatment produces faster resolution of otitis media (OM) symptoms than watchful waiting in children up to 35 months old.
Weighing the risks and benefits of withholding antiobiotic treatment for acute otitis media.
An article in the October 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA. 2007:298;1772), reports on a small study done by clinicians who found the emergence of a strain of S pneumoniae (serotype 19A) that is resistant to all of the antibiotics approved for children, due to extensive use of the pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine (PCV7). This bacterial strain causes acute otitis media (AOM) in the pediatric population.