Don't Be Surprised to See "Watchful Waiting" for Kids With Earaches

We're getting questions about when to use antibiotics for treating middle ear infections, or "acute otitis media," in kids.

Watchful waiting is recommended when antibiotic risks may outweigh their benefits. About one in 14 kids treated with antibiotics will have side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, or many ear infections will resolve on their own withOUT an antibiotic.

Watch for notes on Rxs that ask you to keep the antibiotic on file...or say "fill after" a certain date. These are clues that the Rx might need to be put on hold...and that the patient is under watchful waiting.

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