Don't Be Surprised to See "Watchful Waiting" for Kids With Earaches
We're getting questions about when to use antibiotics for treating middle ear infections, or "acute otitis media," in kids.
Watchful waiting is recommended when antibiotic risks may outweigh their benefits. About one in 14 kids treated with antibiotics will have side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, or rash...plus many ear infections will resolve on their own withOUT an antibiotic.
Watch for e-Rx notes that ask you to keep the antibiotic on file...or for written Rxs that say "fill after" a certain date.