New Study Shows Antibiotics Have Little Impact on Child Ear Infections
December 02, 2010
Giving children antibiotics when they get ear infections doesn't do much to speed their recovery. What's more, it raises the risk of side effects.
A study found that 80 out of 100 children, if given only medication to reduce pain or fever, would recover from an acute ear infection within a few days. If they were given antibiotics instead, the number would rise only to 92 -- and 3 to 10 of the children would develop a rash, while 5 to 10 would develop diarrhea.
According to CNN:
"Using antibiotics only when absolutely necessary may allow continued use of antibiotics for future generations, because overuse of the drugs is contributing to antibiotic resistance …"