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...no need for an­tibi­otics in most mid­dle ear in­fec­tions

A re­port pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal says most cases of mid­dle ear in­fec­tion in chil­dren can be man­aged with parac­eta­mol or ibupro­fen rather than an­tibi­otics, ac­cord­ing to draft NICE guid­ance.

An­tibi­otics make lit­tle dif­fer­ence to how long symp­toms last, it says. There’s also ev­i­dence that an­tibi­otics make lit­tle dif­fer­ence to the pro­por­tion of chil­dren with re­cur­rent in­fec­tions, hear­ing loss, or per­fo­rated ear drum, while acute com­pli­ca­tions, such as mas­toidi­tis, are rare whether an­tibi­otics are given or not.

But there is lots of ev­i­dence that ad­verse ef­fects, par­tic­u­larly diar­rhoea and nau­sea, oc­cur in those who take an­tibi­otics.

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