Look in Saturday's Ledger-Enquirer for my story about ear infections, including how to help prevent them and how to manage them once they hit.
Here are some additional links on the subject:
Clinical Practice Guideline for Diagnosis and Mangament of Acute Otitis Media, published in the May 2004 issue of Pediatrics (Scroll down to recommendation 3A to get the full details on when the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians suggest that observation without antibiotics may be appropriate for an early-stage ear infection)
Trends in Management of Acute Otitis Media Since the Release of the 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics/American Academy of Family Physicians Clinical Practice Guidelines August 2007
Get more Otitis Media facts here.
And a final item of interest. This excerpt from the 2004 Clinical Practice Guideline gives some risk factors for acute otitis media:
A number of factors associated with early or recurrent AOM are not amenable to change including genetic predisposition, premature birth, male gender, Native American/Inuit ethnicity, family history of recurrent otitis media, presence of siblings in the household, and low socioeconomic status.
During infancy and early childhood, reducing the incidence of respiratory tract infections by altering child care center attendance patterns can reduce the incidence of recurrent AOM significantly. The implementation of breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months also seems to be helpful against the development of early episodes of AOM. Avoiding supine bottle feeding ("bottle propping"), reducing or eliminating pacifier use in the second 6 months of life, and eliminating exposure to passive tobacco smoke have been postulated to reduce the incidence of AOM in infancy; however, the utility of these interventions is unclear.
Source: Clinical Practice Guideline for Diagnosis and Mangament of Acute Otitis Media, published in the May 2004 issue of Pediatrics
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