Is It a Sinus Infection? Does Your Child Need an Antibiotic?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Not every runny nose warrants antibiotics. Learn which symptoms do.
Air Date: 7/17/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Ellen R. Wald, MD
Wald Ellen MDDr. Wald earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and her fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Wald is currently Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the American Family Children's Hospital.

An internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Wald has published numerous articles in refereed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. She maintains an active research program and is currently coordinating a study to test the feasibility of an interactive, web-based intervention to help young children achieve a healthy weight. Dr. Wald is also Principal Investigator (PI) of a study that is using state-of-the-art molecular techniques to determine the role of antecedent acute viral infections on the development of acute bacterial sinusitis in children. In addition, she is PI for a study comparing short course to long course antibiotics for the treatment of acute bacterial sinusitis in children.

In 1997, Dr. Wald received the Pediatrician of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2001, she was honored with the Howard Mermelstein Award for Excellence in Pediatrics. In 2006, she was named Distinguished Physician of the Year by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Wald has served as Chair of the Section of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of the Subboard of Infectious Diseases of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Is It a Sinus Infection? Does Your Child Need an Antibiotic?
Does your child have an upper respiratory infection that has symptoms that have lasted more than 10 days?

Or have they had a severe onset of symptoms including fever and nasal discharge lasting at least three days in a row?

Before you head to the doctor, you should know... not every runny nose warrants antibiotics.

You've probably heard recently that it's not good to give antibiotics unnecessarily; so how does your doctor decide if your child actually needs antibiotics? If the diagnosis is a sinus infection, you may need to try a few types of treatment to get rid of it.

If antibiotics aren't an option this time, when IS it a necessity to give your child antibiotics?

Special guest, Dr. Ellen R. Wald, shares some important information regarding antibiotic treatments and when they are appropriate.
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