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18 October 2010

Ear Infections in kids

T'is the season for colds and ear infections.  Did you know the medical name for an ear infection is: acute otitis media?  Usually an ear infection occurs after a cold but it is generally not serious and there is no need to rush to the ER.

Treat with:
  • Anesthetic ear drops (Auralgan), and 
  • Ibuprofen or acetominophen. 

Sooth with:
  •  Warm compresses

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend a wait-and-see approach for the first 48 to 72 hours for anyone who is otherwise healthy and who is:
  • Six months to 2 years of age with mild symptoms and an uncertain diagnosis
  • More than 2 years old with mild symptoms or an uncertain diagnosis

New research is suggesting that 80% of uncomplicated ear infections will resolve within 4 to 7 days without antibiotics but if the pain is severe and you are worried, call your Pediatrician.

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