Childhood Ear Infections
Antibiotics in children under the age of two years for ear inflammations (otitis media) is inadvisable. Damoiseaux RAMJ, van Balen FAM, Hoes AW, et al. "Primary care based randomized, double blind trial of amoxicillin versus placebo for acute otitis media in children under 2 years. British Medical Journal, Feb. 5, 2000:320, pp 350-54.
Antibiotics help only 1 in 8 children and risks creating antibiotic resistant strains of pathogens. New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 10, 2002.
Children get equal or better results to resolution of ear infections at less expense by treating with just pain meds as opposed to antibiotics and pain meds. Adding antibiotics increased the numbers of resistant strains of bacteria. Pediatrics June 2005.
Many doctors knowingly prescribe unneeded antibiotics to children under the false assumption that it is easier and faster than educating the parents about the risks of excessive antibiotic use. But researchers found that it takes no longer to teach parents a wiser approach than to write a prescription. U of Tennessee Health Science Center, May 4, 2003.
Treating ear inflammations in children medically and surgically and treating the after-effects such as hearing loss costs Americans $30 million per year. Ten million children suffer from otits media every year. Untreated food allergy increases a child's susceptibility to bacterial and viral ear infection. "Role of Food Allergy in Serous Otitis Media", Annals of Allergy, September 1994;73:215-219.