Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Antibiotics Only Slightly More Effective Than No Treatment For Kids' Ear Infections

Antibiotics Only Slightly More Effective Than No Treatment For Kids' Ear Infections: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Here's the main point of this study:

If 100 children of average risk develop middle ear infection (acute otitis media), 80 of them will get better within three days with no antibiotic medications, while 92 would if you gave every single one of them ampicillin/amoxicillin. However, the antibiotics would cause 3 to 10 cases of rash and 5 to 10 cases of diarrhea, researchers from Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles and RAND at Santa Monica wrote in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

So your choices as a parent seem to be either to let your kid suffer for a few days with an infection or go to the doctor for an antibiotic prescription. The catch to taking the medication is that they probably would have gotten better in the same time period without the medication. Well, OK, what's wrong with that? You take a decent chance on them getting rash or diarrhea. And guess what that means; staying home anyway. More symptoms, maybe another doctor's visit, and maybe more drugs. Does this make any sense? Oh, on top of that the antibiotics will have killed off any friendly germs in their GI tract setting them up for further infections! And the cycle will continue ad nauseum, pardon the pun.

They mention nothing about chiropractic and acupuncture, both very effective drug-free treatments for this problem. Chiropractic adjustment of the upper cranials and a tug on the eustachian tubes will get the drainage going and get all the dead and infectious agents flowing out into the lymphatic system. This gives the immune system a boost to do it's job. The child will improve sometimes immediately or within hours. Also important is to evaluate digestive function and look into whether or not there is an infection of the GI tract by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast. These are the real culprits of ear infections and sinus problems.

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