Kids with ear infections should not be given antibiotics
We all know how awful ear infections can be for little ones and how distressed they can become from the pain! Parents can often feel helpless trying to settle them when they are suffering- we’ve all been there! All you want is for your child’s pain to go away and for them to feel better and you would usually welcome some trusty anti-biotics from the doctors with the thought that it will help get your child on the road to recovery.
New research has found that actually children are often wrongly prescribed antibiotics for ear infections. A draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says parents should first treat the infection at home with painkillers instead of seeking out antibiotics from their GP. Over the counter medication can be more effective when treating ear infections and it’s important to try prevent antibiotics resistance which can be caused by an over-exposure to antibiotics.
If your child is suffering from a painful ear the first port of call is to go down to your closest pharmacy and pick up paracetamol or ibuprofen as researcher found that 60% of children showed signs of improvements after 24 hours. However, in some instances children need antibiotics immediately for example if they are very unwell or have suffered from a burst ear drum.
Although ear infections can be painful and very distressing for both parent and child it’s important to remember that they usually clear up on their own. Will you try to help your child recover from an ear infection with pain killers in the future? Let us know your thoughts on antibiotics on Facebook and Twitter.