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Antibiotics Not Always Best Bet for Battling Childhood Ear Infections
Date:9/27/2007

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With cold and flu season right around the corner, many new parents of infants and toddlers will soon be visiting their family pediatrician complaining of painful or recurring ear aches. In most cases, children suffering from ear infections are prescribed Amoxicillin or a similar antibiotic to combat the infection, but when antibiotics fail to stop ear infections from recurring, pediatricians typically recommend a procedure called a tympanostomy. A tympanostomy is a surgical procedure where small holes are sliced into the eardrums and tubes surgically implanted to drain the middle ear of fluid.

Recently however, studies by both The Journal of the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control suggest that not only are antibiotics widely over-prescribed, they can actually reduce the ability of a young child's immune system to fight-off infection.

"It's unbelievable to me, that in this day and age we still have a one size fits all mentality towards treating childhood ear infections" says Doctor Bill DeMoss, a Newport Beach based chiropractor, lecturer and founding member of StayBetter.com, a wellness information and referral website for Orange County residents. "It's a clinical fact that antibiotics offer little or no improvement in pain, duration or recurrence of ear infections among children, yet most pediatricians are pretty quick to dispense them."

While many in the medical community still embrace the use of antibiotics for treating childhood ear infections, here are four things every parent should know before giving them to their children:

1. Antibiotics only work on ear infections that are bacterial in origin, they do nothing for those caused by viruses such as colds, allergies, mechanical obstructions, or nutrition.

2. Antibiotics do not permanently eliminate build-up fluid in the middle ear, the source of chronic ear infections.

3. A study in The Journal
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