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February 25th, 2013
03:43 PM ET

Antibiotics less likely to be prescribed for kids' ear aches

Guidelines for diagnosing and treating ear infections are changing and the result may mean fewer prescriptions for antibiotics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday released the new guidelines for diagnosing and managing acute otitis media (AOM), the most common form of ear infections.

Going forward, pediatricians should only diagnose acute ear infections if the child's eardrum is moderately to severely bulging or if there is discharge leaking from the ear, according to the recommendations. They may diagnose a middle ear infection if the child's ear drum is mildly bulging and there is recent onset of pain or intense redness. FULL POST


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