A recent study showed that longer antibiotic treatment might work better for young kids ear infections. The study also revealed that short antibiotic treatment doesn’t reduce side effects or antibiotic resistance. This means that a longer antibiotic treatment is the solution.
This study was made because doctors want to reduce the use of antibiotics. They wanted to see if children respond to short antibiotic treatments as well as to long ones. The goal of the study was to prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics. Despite the fact that in this case, short antibiotic treatments don’t work, researchers are still testing them on other infections.
In order to conduct this study, researchers analyzed more than 500 children aged between 5 and 23 months. All of these kids were diagnosed with an acute ear infection which is a common childhood illness. Half of the kids received 10-day treatment and the other half 5-day treatment and 5 days of placebo.
Nobody knew what treatment a child received. The researchers check on the children to see if they responded to the treatments. They also analyzed the throats of the kids to see if the bacteria were resistant to antibiotic treatment.
After the treatments were done the researchers checked to see which of them worked better. They noticed that the longer treatment has a smaller chance of failure compared to the short treatment. They discovered in 34% of the cases the short treatment failed compared to the longer treatment which had a 16% chance of failure
The symptoms of the illness were also worse at those who received the 5 day- treatment. There was no difference between the groups when the researchers checked to see if the bacteria became resistant to the antibiotics.
The researchers also noticed that the side effects were the same in both groups even though they were expecting to see fewer side effects at those who have short treatment. This means that antibiotic treatment, no matter how long; still affect the body causing side effects. This study showed that longer antibiotic treatment is the best when it comes to kids’ ear infections.
What is your opinion about this study? Do you think that longer treatments are better for children?
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