Reevaluating the Use of Antibiotics in Acute Otitis Media in Children

S. Elango

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Increasing concern about the antibiotic resistance in acute otitis media (AOM) has led to debate over use of antibiotic in AOM and duration of therapy. Many studies have proved that watchful waiting should be used more often for acute otitis media. In children over two years, the most appropriate treatment was found to be initial observation followed by 5 days of an antibiotic if the child failed to improve spontaneously. In children less than 2 years or one with severe symptoms antibiotic can be started after 24 hours if there is no improvement with symptomatic treatment. Physician should be more selective in the prescription of antibiotics early in AOM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-470
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute otitis media
  • Antibiotics
  • Drug resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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