The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have recently put forward some guidelines for GPs to take note of the next time they need to decide whether to prescribe antibiotics or not. This is especially important given the rise in concern of anti-biotic resistance. Dr Lynn Weekes, NPS MedicineWise CEO says “Using antibiotics when you don’t need them can contribute to bacterial resistance, both in the individual and the community…the more antibiotics we use, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them and as a result they will lose their power.” The RACGP instead recommend a 'wait and see' approach as the majority of ear infections in children resolve by themselves. If symptoms worsen or don't improve with time, then antibiotics (assuming the infection is bacterial) may then be warranted. Interestingly, antibiotics do not reduce the pain associated with ear infections and may even have adverse effects like diarrhoea. Therefore, in the initial 24-48 hours, an analgesia like a paracetamol may be prescribed by the GP. As a parent, it can be very tempting to accept a quick fix to a medical issue involving your child. But what the RACGP are suggesting is to have this conversation with your GP to determine whether antibiotics are indeed necessary.
At Comfort Clean Ear, we do not just remove wax. Often we are asked to remove and clean debris resulting from infection of the ear (bacterial and fungal). We are then asked to paint on prescribed drops onto the infected area to ensure they work more effectively if and when they are actually required. This is akin to cleaning up a wound before applying some ointment like when your child falls over and grazes their knee. So next time your child needs to have ear drops with anti-fungal or anti-bacterial properties administered, get Comfort Clean Ear to do it. This has the potential to expediate the healing process.