Ear infections (otitis media) are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits and antibiotic prescription in the paediatric population. It is most prevalent among children between 6 and 24 months of age, and more than 80% of children will have experienced at least one episode of otitis media by the time they reach school-going age. Furthermore, approximately 60% of children will have at least one episode by 4 years of age. This article will focus on acute otitis media with tympanostomy tubes (AOMT) and acute otitis externa, also called swimmer’s ear.

While most children have sporadic AOM episodes, a small percentage of them have recurrent AOM, which is defined as three or more AOM events in six months or four in a year [Image: Shutterstock]

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