Not All Ear Infections Need Antibiotics, Pediatricians Group Says

Don’t be surprised if your child’s physician does not automatically recommend antibiotics to treat acute otitis media, a type of ear infection that commonly affects children in the United States.

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics “highlight more stringent criteria to use in making an accurate diagnosis of AOM, which will enable clinicians to prescribe antibiotics most effectively,” a news release from the AAP states. “The guidelines include recommendations for treatment with antibiotics and pain relievers, or observation alone, based on the child’s age and severity of symptoms.”

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