look (listen and feel) or just treat?

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Is that even an option? Raise your hand if you or someone you love has ever been given a medication without even being examined. Recently that is the trend, and if we pause and look at who to blame, I believe it is a joint effort. My baby is cry and pulling on her ear, he is not eating or playing we must give him something, but they are afraid of the doctor, so the doctor does not give them a check up. This and a hundred more scenarios of a similar case are what causes false treatment and misdiagnosis as well as the feared creation of a super bug. Science is telling us its against good practice to treat ear infections, children get better all on their own if you allow their body to heal.

“Parents, if their child is up all night screaming and tugging the ear, they want something to make the child feel better,” says Dr. Richard Rosenfeld of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, who helped write the new guidelines.

But about 70 percent of children get better on their own within two or three days, and about 80 percent are better within a week to 10 days, he says.

And he says there are some real downsides to using antibiotics when they’re not necessary: They can cause upset stomachs, allergic reactions and other problems. And they can contribute to the development of superbugs — infections that are getting harder and harder to cure.

You heard it, straight from the horses mouth. So lets slow down hug our babies when they do not feel well and push forth, take their temperatures, read about fevers and try a little harder to be parents when that is an option.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/02/25/172588359/pediatricians-urged-to-treat-ear-infections-more-cautiously

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