The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for treatment of ear infections in children in an effort to prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics. Ear infections are one of the most common reasons children are seen by physicians, however often they are not true infections and will actually self-resolve in 2-10 days for approximately 80% of children. While severe infections still require antibiotic treatment, many cases can be managed with pain relievers and a little time without adding the risks and complications associated with unnecessary antibiotics. How will you counsel worried parents with regards to the new pediatric guidelines?
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