How Not to Treat Your Child Ear Infections
How not to treat your child ear infections, read for more details.
Many parents prefer to give their children with ear pain an over-the-counter cold remedy containing an antihistamine. But this will actually prolong their suffering.
As a runny nose and congestion usually accompany ear infections, the over-the-counter may seem to be the right solution. Nevertheless, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston discovered that children who took antibiotics plus an antihistamine had fluids in their ears as long as 73 days, while those who only took antibiotics had the fluid for just 25 days!
The doctors explained that the drying effect of antihistamine may make the fluid become thicker, and thus preventing it from draining. A pediatrician suggests treating ear pain with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and giving the child antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.
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