Question: What is the best treatment for recurrent ear infections in children?

Answer: Your pediatrician may share with you that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a “wait and watch” approach because many mild ear infections will resolve on their own without antibiotics. There is some concern for over-prescribing antibiotics at a young age as well. However, treating ear infections is a partnership between parents and pediatricians, and concerns should be discussed in detail.

It’s good to know that studies show rates of ear infections in children are declining. Some attribute this to breastfeeding, vaccines, and non-smoking homes with allergy-free environments. Should ear infections persist, a routine hearing screening will provide needed information related to any cause for concern or for more need for immediate intervention.