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Cutting Back On Antibiotics Significantly Affects Auditory Infections In Children

Update Date: Dec 22, 2016 09:00 AM EST

Cutting back on antibiotics while treating children with ear infections was found to be an unhealthy practice. A research suggested that the continued and prolonged use of the drug would improve the child's health and defer from having the child experience the same condition in the future.

Published in the New England Journal Medicine was a recent research study that suggested cutting back on antibiotics while treating children who suffered ear infections was not ideal. In fact, it was claimed that prolonged treatment of the drug, as opposed to short-term use, would improve the resistance effects of the infection, reported NPR.

The study was conducted to determine if the usage of antibiotics was significantly necessary for children who experience ear infections. In fact, the researchers and the physicians who conducted the study aimed to diminish the use of the drug and determine an alternative to prevent bacteria from developing further in common infectious diseases.

The findings of the study suggested that children aged 6 to 23 were most likely to experience middle ear infection and had been lodged as a common childhood illness. Administered with a 10-day long antibiotic treatment, it was determined that cutting back on antibiotics or diminishing its dosage prior to the suggested time usage of the drug made it less-effective and left the child vulnerable to the disease in future instances.

As reported by Trib Live, cutting back on antibiotics had been a center of research studies as the drug could lead to an overdose which, in turn, would harm the patient significantly.

Results from the trial at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and that from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC suggested that treatment failure resulted in the diminished or the cutting back of antibiotics while treatment was supposed to be still ongoing.

To defer from an overdose of the drug, cutting back on antibiotics was concluded to be improper when medical practitioners were administering treatment on children with ear infections. To remedy the excessive use of the drug, it was suggested that physicians should only prescribe antibiotics if ear infections had been properly diagnosed.

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