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Full Course of Antibiotics Is Best for Infant Ear Infections, Study Finds

Ear infections are the most common reason doctors prescribe antibiotics for babies and young children.

“Because of the growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria, many physicians had hoped that a shorter course of antibiotics would be as effective as the standard 10 days of treatment for babies.”

“If five days did the trick, parents would benefit, too: It would cost less, and the inconsolable infant would be back to her old self and to day care more quickly — with possibly fewer days of nasty side effects, like diarrhea.”

“But a trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday dashed those hopes.”

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