UPDATE, 4 March 2011
Antibiotics help ear infections in youngest children, studies show
Antibiotics pose many problems, one being that for the child's version they may contain toxic aluminum lake food coloring and aspartame.Additionally they can lead to yeast or other secondary infection as continued use ensues because the first one prescribed didn't work.
There are many natural treatments for ear ache ranging from Auralgan to garlic oil to using the child's urine as a homeopathic remedy.
Why risk their health along with gastrointestinal problems related to anti biotic use, or weakened immunity from the overload of vaccines that lately don't seem to be effective at all, or at least that's what the scientists are saying.
Here's some help and remember that you can make a very good remedy of your own with organic garlic and olive oil.
The treatment is only modestly effective and reduces the period of infection only a small amount, but it helps relapses and progression of the ailment among patients under age 2, two new trials indicate.The medical consensus on whether to give antibiotics to young children with ear infections has been swinging from one extreme to the other as conflicting clinical trials have pushed pediatricians first toward widespread use of the drugs, then toward a "watch and wait" approach in which most infections seem to clear up on their own.
Two new trials reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine are nudging the pendulum back toward treatment of the infections, especially for the youngest children. They show that the use of antibiotics in infants and toddlers under the age of 2 is only modestly effective and reduces the duration of symptoms by only a small amount, but it prevents relapses and progression of the disease.
This topic must have been of interest lately, here are some additional articles and information -
and from the homeopathic perspective -