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Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common childhood disease with important ramifications to the overall health of infants and young children. The peak incidence of AOM occurs at 6 to 18 months of age, but it can also occur in older children. Complications of AOM include persistent middle ear effusion, chronic otitis media, transient hearing loss, or speech delays.
Ear infection superbug found to be resistant to all pediatric antibiotics

Ear infection superbug found to be resistant to all pediatric antibiotics

Strain of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae that causes ear infections emerges; resistant to antibiotics, pneumococcal vaccine

Strain of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae that causes ear infections emerges; resistant to antibiotics, pneumococcal vaccine

GPs antibiotic prescribing practices are still contributing to resistance

GPs antibiotic prescribing practices are still contributing to resistance

Children receiving antibiotics before age 1 at greater risk for asthma by age 7

Children receiving antibiotics before age 1 at greater risk for asthma by age 7

Cartilage shield restores hearing in some otitis media infection patients

Cartilage shield restores hearing in some otitis media infection patients

Low frequency of resistance to Tamiflu confirmed

Low frequency of resistance to Tamiflu confirmed

Child infections are an increasing concern in affluent countries

Child infections are an increasing concern in affluent countries

Nasal spray of virus enzymes for ear infections

Nasal spray of virus enzymes for ear infections

Overweight children more likely to need ear tubes

Overweight children more likely to need ear tubes

Children with chronic otitis media have biofilms in their middle ears

Children with chronic otitis media have biofilms in their middle ears

Fast tracking the healing process for common ear infections

Fast tracking the healing process for common ear infections

Situation-specific policies can reduce antibiotic resistance in hospital

Situation-specific policies can reduce antibiotic resistance in hospital

Use of the antibiotic amoxicillin during infancy appears to be linked to tooth enamel defects in permanent teeth

Use of the antibiotic amoxicillin during infancy appears to be linked to tooth enamel defects in permanent teeth

No intervention is necessary for most children with fluid in their ears

No intervention is necessary for most children with fluid in their ears

Children who are prone to frequent ear infections may have a high number of potentially infectious bacteria

Children who are prone to frequent ear infections may have a high number of potentially infectious bacteria

Promising new vaccine candidate to prevent middle ear infections

Promising new vaccine candidate to prevent middle ear infections

Educating parents and physicians could reduce overuse of antibiotics in children

Educating parents and physicians could reduce overuse of antibiotics in children

Alcohol consumption increases movement of S. pneumoniae toward the lungs

Alcohol consumption increases movement of S. pneumoniae toward the lungs

Long term outcomes for children who undergo ear tube placement surgery

Long term outcomes for children who undergo ear tube placement surgery

Vaccine against pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disease shows promise

Vaccine against pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disease shows promise