Antibiotics Work for Kids' Ear Infections
Interview: Alejandro Hoberman, MD, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Doctors call them "acute otitis media." Parents call them earaches.
Either way, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed illness in children and the most common reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics for kids.
Some have raised concerns that antibiotics are being over-prescribed for children, a topic our next guest has been studying. Alejandro Hoberman, MD, is chief of Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
After a long-term study of kids with ear infections, Dr. Hoberman concluded that antibiotics are not over-prescribed.
He chats with Sound Medicine’s Dr. David Crabb about his research and about the best way to treat ear infections.
Dr. Hoberman is chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was lead author of a study of using antibiotics to treat ear infections.