Canada Curbs Antibiotics for Ear Infections

Canada Curbs Antibiotics for Ear Infections

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amoxicillin.jpgThe unwise practice of routinely prescribing antibiotics to kids suffering from an ear infection is coming to a formal end in Canada.

The Canadian Paediatric Society today instructed doctors to watch and wait for 48 hours before using antibiotics to treat most ear infections in healthy children over six months of age.

About 95 percent of the time, an acetaminophen like Tylenol alone works just as well to treat the kind of ear infection that preschoolers with a cold are prone to, said specialist Dr. Joan Robinson in a statement. She said the main reason for the treatment change is concern about increasing resistance to antibiotics by over-prescribing them.

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