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For Kids With Earwax, Skip Cotton Swabs, Expert Urges

Posted 9 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Cotton swabs might seem like handy tools for clearing wax from children's ears, but they just might do more harm than good. In fact, each year roughly 12,540 injuries to children's ears stem from the use of cotton swabs, according to a study cited by Dr. Jay Shah, who specializes in conditions that affect children's ears, nose and throat. He's a pediatric otolaryngologist ...

'Microbiomes' May Hold Key to Kids' Ear Infections

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Recurrent ear infections are the bane of many children – and the parents who have to deal with their care. Now, research suggests that naturally occurring, "helpful" bacterial colonies in the ear – called "microbiomes" by scientists – may help decide a person's vulnerability to these infections. "The children and adults with normal middle ears differed significantly ...

Common Post-Op Ear Drops Tied to Eardrum Perforations in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Children who suffer through multiple ear infections are often candidates for ear tube surgery. But a new study finds that the use of one type of ear drops – quinolones – after these surgeries may raise a child's risk for a perforated eardrum. Children who received post-surgical quinolones were 60 percent more likely to suffer eardrum perforations than those who ...

Short Course of Antibiotics Not Best for Kids' Ear Infections

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – A shorter period of antibiotic treatment for ear infections in young children does more harm than good, a new study finds. About three-quarters of children have ear infections in their first year of life. These infections are the most common reason why children are given antibiotics, the University of Pittsburgh researchers noted. "Given significant concerns regarding ...

Study Suggests Genetic Link to Middle Ear Infections

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 – Researchers say they've found a potential genetic link to a child's higher risk of middle ear infections. These painful infections are the most frequent reason kids are given antibiotics, according to the researchers. They said the new discovery could lead to more effective treatments. The analysis of DNA samples from 13,000 children revealed a link between middle ear ...

Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Painful ear infections remain a scourge of childhood, but fewer American babies are getting them now compared with 20 years ago, new research shows. The study didn't dig into the reasons for the decline. But experts say the credit likely goes to certain childhood vaccines, rising rates of breast-feeding and the drop in Americans' smoking rate. The new research found that ...

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