Management of children with otitis media: a summary of evidence from recent systematic reviews

J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 Oct;45(10):554-62; quiz 562-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01564.x. Epub 2009 Sep 14.


Health-care professionals who manage children are regularly confronted with clinical questions regarding the management of the full spectrum of otitis media: acute otitis media; otitis media with effusion; and chronic suppurative otitis media. Given the variety of potential therapies available, the wide spectrum of middle ear disorders, and the lack of consensus about management strategies, clinicians are in a difficult position when managing these children. In this review, we seek to summarise the current best evidence for answering otitis media management questions by collating existing systematic reviews.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amoxicillin / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Otitis Media / diagnosis*
  • Otitis Media / therapy*
  • Review Literature as Topic


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Amoxicillin