otitis media

Diagnosing and managing otitis mediaA common problem in young children, ear infections often are the subject of debate when it comes to management techniques.
Breastfeeding may offer early protection against ear infectionsBreastfeeding is already known to offer a number of health and developmental benefits. Now, an Australian study is adding ear infection prevention to that list.
When antibiotics work best in AOMAntimicrobial therapy for acute otitis media (AOM) is effective, but it’s not for everyone. A new study out of Finland shows that antibiotics are highly effective in treating AOM, but many children can also recover without them.
OME management often strays from guidelinesMost physicians are not adhering to recommendations on otitis media management, according to a new report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).
Making it easier to prevent ear infections in childrenResults of a new study show the feasibility and efficacy of preventing otitis media (OM), and potentially treat OM recurrence, through the simple use of a Band-Aid to deliver a vaccine targeted at one of the most common pathogens responsible for OM.
Novel antimicrobial shows promise for children with AOMChildren with acute otitis media (AOM) are routinely and successfully treated with antimicrobials, with data showing that the combination of amoxicillin-clavulanate (A/C) to treat AOM in children aged younger than 3 years is associated with more favorable outcomes than placebo.
Gene variants relate to risk of respiratory infections and AOMCertain polymorphisms in mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and toll-like receptors (TLRs), genes that have a role in the innate immune system, promote susceptibility to or protection against respiratory and rhinovirus infections and acute otitis media (AOM), according to a study in Finnish infants.
Boy with ear pain and facial weaknessA 13-year-old boy with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes (T1D) presents to the emergency department (ED) for evaluation of left ear pain and left facial weakness.
Familial link of OM requiring tympanostomy tubesA recent study found that there is a significant familial link in otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes in both close and distant relatives, with shared environments possibly playing a role, given the fivefold increased risk seen in siblings.
Acute otitis media warrants 10 days of antibioticsEar infections remain a top reason for parents to bring their children to the pediatrician—and the top reason for antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods vary, but a new study reveals that a 10-day course of treatment with antibiotics in cases of acute otitis media (AOM) may be the gold standard.