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The Ear Infection Confession: What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You


Ear infections (or, what we like to call “acute otitis media”) are one of the staple diagnoses of pediatrics. Most kids have at least one before their 3rd birthday. And most pediatricians see at least one every day by 11. You would think we would always get it right. But I have a confession–we don’t. In fact, children are misdiagnosed and over-treated at an alarming rate.

There are several reasons for our poor performance:

Ear infections are actually pretty complicated. In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a practice guideline called The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media. It’s written for an audience that should already have a solid…

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