Are antihistamines, decongestants or combination therapy effective in children with otitis media with effusion (OME)?
These medications caused significant side-effects, such as gastro-intestinal upset, irritability, drowsiness or dizziness in approximately 10% of the patients.
OME is a common condition in which there is fluid persisting in the middle ear. Many treatments have been suggested. Watchful waiting is the best approach with consideration of referral for evaluation by an ENT consultant if symptoms persist beyond 12 weeks.