It is hard to wait out an ear infection especially if your child is in pain.
Most parents want to quickly fix the problem, but scientists say an antibiotic quick-fix may not be the best answer.
A new study out of Yale says that the wait and see approach works.
All children in the study were given ear drops and painkillers, but only one group was given antibiotics right away.
The second group got a prescription, but parents were told to only fill it if the problem continued.
Most of them never filled it. Dr. Joseph Vanderbilt of Children’s Hospital explained, “The bottom line is both groups did equally well. There were no increased risks of complications in the wait and see group compared to the group of children who were treated with antibiotics.”
So why is this such a big issue?
Doctors write 15 million antibiotic prescriptions every year for ear infections.
The concern is, if over-prescribed, the population will become resistant to antibiotics and the medicines will no longer work.