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So I mentioned to my sister last night that I didn't give my kids AB's when they had ear infecions (1 time each child at 2 and 3 years old). She thought I was nuts and it was dangerous! She cant believe that Dr.'s would proscribe AB's if they weren NEEDED. Well they must know what they are doing right?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> She thinks I'm endangering my children by not following dr recomendations. This is from a mom who has decided that BF her third child is not really that necessary (went to 1 year w/ other 2 kids), and always has had her 7 month old sleeping on her stomach. I just didn't know how to handle the feeling of being attacked by her, like I was doing something horrible. I sent her info from AAP on delaying Ab's for upto 3 days anyone have any other good info?
 

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You've got the same info I've read, that delaying the antibiotics a few days doesn't generally make things any worse.<br><br>
I'd say that if the child was in severe pain or having balance problems that that would warrant a visit to the doc and antibiotics--says the woman who had a weeks long upper respiratory infection and eventually had severe vertigo one night.....<br><br>
At some point, help may well be needed, but there's nothing with waiting a bit to see if the help will be needed or not.
 

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I read somewhere recently that the AAP recommends that peds NOT routinely treat ear infections with antibiotics anymore. I've also read that only a small percentage of ear infections are bacterial anyway.<br><br>
I'll look for some links.
 

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We use alcohol and grapefruit seed extract as ear drops twice a day. My ds has fluid in his ears and if he is miserable I give him benadryl (sparingly) and that seems to dry it up but we have only done that twice when he was coughing too.<br><br>
I wouldnt do antibiotics unless there is persistent severe pain.<br>
~Angela~
 

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I raised 3 kids and not one of them ever had abx until they went to college and made the decision for themselves.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/tcj/1994/nov/nov1994d.htm" target="_blank">http://www.worldchiropracticalliance...v/nov1994d.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.sloanslake.com/studies/diseaseslitresearchresults.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sloanslake.com/studies/di...rchresults.htm</a><br><br>
And while you are at it, you might as well send her this one, too.<br><br><a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-02/nioa-efa020604.php" target="_blank">http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-efa020604.php</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/maraomrelease.htm" target="_blank">http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/maraomrelease.htm</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have released new guidelines to help physicians and parents decide on the best treatment for acute otitis media (AOM), or middle ear infection.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">We need to make sure that the child has AOM before prescribing an antibiotic. If a child is given an antibiotic and doesn't need it, he or she may build up an antibiotic resistance and not respond to them when needed for a more serious infection...</td>
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Personally I would use herbs or something else, but his is what they say:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">We want parents and doctors to first make the child comfortable with pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Antibiotics do not relieve pain during the first 24 hours and do not reduce fever any quicker or better than pain medicines...</td>
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