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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.
Dental problems may play a role in RAOMPediatricians may want to consider taking a look inside the mouth of a child with recurrent acute otitis media. A new study from Italy reveals that repairing dental malocclusion may have positive effects on a child’s eustachian tube function and the number of episodes of acute otitis media (AOM) they have.
Bacteriotherapy holds promise for treatment of recurrent AOMA novel therapy to prevent recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM) shows promise in offering a new way to safely and effectively address this challenging problem.
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).
Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefitTympanostomy tubes are widely used in pediatric care, taking first place as the most popular ambulatory surgery. However, new research reveals that tube placement provides just short-term hearing improvement and has little impact on quality of life.
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.
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.