New guidelines on ear ache treatment

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new guidelines that could change the way your doctor treats your child’s ear aches.

The recommendations call for pediatricians to diagnose acute ear infections only if a child’s eardrum is moderately to severely bulging or if there is discharge.

Middle ear infection may be diagnosed if the child’s eardrum is mildly bulging and there’s recent onset of pain or intense redness.

The academy says doctors should only prescribe antibiotics in children six months and older if there are severe signs or symptoms, severe pain or if young children between 6 and 23 months have infections in both ears.

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