* Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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Pediatric Earache Study

The objective of this study by homeopaths James A. Taylor, MD and Jennifer Jacobs, MD was to determine if use of a homeopathic ear drop preparation reduces antibiotic use in children diagnosed with acute otitis media (AOM).
The study included 210 children 6 months to 11 years old, who had been diagnosed with AOM and managed with a delayed antibiotic approach. The randomized treatment applied standard therapy alone or standard therapy plus a homeopathic ear drop preparation.


Parents were given a prescription with the option to fill only if the child’s condition deteriorates or does not improve after 2-3 days. The primary outcome was whether or not the antibiotic prescription was filled before the 12 day follow up.
 
Results;Fewer parents of children randomized to the homeopathic ear drops group filled the antibiotic prescription compared with those of children receiving standard therapy alone (26.9% and 41.2%, respectively, P = .032).”

Conclusion: “Homeopathic ear drops may be effective in reducing the use of antibiotics in children with AOM managed with a delayed antibiotic approach.”

Previously, Taylor and Jacobs conducted a similar study on the effectiveness of a commercially available homeopathic ear drop, “Hyland’s Earache Drops,” as an adjunctive therapy in children with acute otitis media (AOM). In this smaller study, they also found a modest reduction in symptoms of AOM in children randomized to the homeopathic ear drops in addition to standard treatment compared with those receiving standard therapy alone. In this case, parents could fill the antibiotic prescription, “during the first 24 to 36 hours after the diagnosis of AOM.

The fill rate for the antibiotic prescription given, or promised, at the index AOM visit, was reduced by 35%, or 14.3 percentage points, among those given the ear drops.

Overall, the results of our study validate the recommendation in the AAP guidelines for the use of homeopathic ear drops as a viable method to manage symptoms of AOM in that they reduce antibiotic usage and this reduced use of antibiotics did not appear to prolong or increase AOM symptoms in children  receiving the drops.

Specific criteria for an AOM study using a delayed antibiotic approach were established in a guideline published by the American Academy of Publications in 2004, updated 2013.

Complete study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4804695/

James Taylor. MD is a board certified pediatrician in Seattle, Washington. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Washington.
He is affiliated with Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center.

 

Jennifer Jacobs, MD, MPH, is a family practice physician specializing in homeopathy in Edmonds, Washington. She is also a clinical assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Washington, where she conducts research on homeopathy in primary care.She co-authored the book, Healing with Homeopathy.


Homeopathic treatment of acute otitis media in children: a preliminary randomized placebo-controlled trial *This information is intended for professional use only. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of TxOptions, Standard Homeopathic and Hyland’s. These statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.