Antibiotics for otitis media: yes or no?

A major US study has concluded that a 10-day course of antibiotics is a ‘reasonable option’ for young children with acute otitis media. But Sydney paediatrician Dr Hasantha Gunasekera (pictured) says the results don’t change the general advice against the use of antibiotics for most children with acute otits media.

Australian Doctor: What were the study findings, and are they relevant to Australia?

Dr Hasantha Gunasekera: This double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that a 10-day course of amoxycillin