Call for more antibiotic use in AOM

Debate has reignited over the best treatment strategy for acute otitis media (AOM), with a group of paediatricians calling for antibiotics to be prescribed more widely.

In a letter to JAMA Pediatrics, they said all children under two with the condition should be given antibiotics, even those with non-severe unilateral infections.

The paediatricians, from the US and Finland, cited their own research showing untreated non-severe unilateral AOM failed to resolve in 40% of children, compared with 14% who