Are We Still Prescribing Codeine for Kids?

Are We Still Prescribing Codeine for Kids?

Codeine prescriptions for children after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy substantially dropped after the FDA issued a black box warning over safety concerns.  Still, 1 in 20 children continue to inappropriately receive codeine after T&A.

Mounting Evidence for Dexamethasone in Pharyngitis

Mounting Evidence for Dexamethasone in Pharyngitis

In patients age 5 years through adulthood with sore throat of any cause, use of a single, low-dose steroid (most often dexamethasone 10mg or 0.6mg/kg for children, max 10mg; most given orally) were twice as likely to have pain relief at 24 hours.

Wait-and-See Antibiotics for Otitis Media

Wait-and-See Antibiotics for Otitis Media

Allowing parents the option to wait and see if their child did not improve or worsened in 48 hours after the diagnosis of acute otitis media in the ED vs. filling the prescription right away resulted in a dramatic reduction in antibiotic use with little downside in this RCT.

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