Health Watch - Treating Children: Ear Infection

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about research focused on the youngest patients – studies involving children in hospitals, newborn infants and children with Down syndrome. A far more common issue parents face is treating ear infections.

The standard treatment for ear infections has been oral antibiotics – liquids or pills. Dr. Peter Roland, an ear, nose and throat doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s more effective to treat middle ear infections with antibiotic drops, which put more powerful medicine exactly where it’s needed.

Tubes in ears allow more medicine to get directly to the infection. Oral antibiotics can affect the entire body and may cause side effects, which often leads to parents stopping the treatment too soon. Using oral antibiotics also contributes to antibiotic resistance. Children treated with antibiotic eardrops got better faster and were more likely to be cured by the treatment.

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July 2010


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