They are constantly changing research on what is good for you and what is not good for you. In the past they have said that it is better to take a wait and see approach as apposed to prescribing antibiotics right at the onset of an ear infection, because it can lead to children building up a resistance to antibiotics. Now, researchers are saying it better to prescribe antibiotics once a child has been diagnosed with an ear infection. I personally feel doctors let things go too long before prescribing antibiotics. My daughter was sick last month and one doctor said it was just a cough and I would have to let it run its course. A week later she got worse in the evening and I ended up running her to the emergency room and they prescribed her antibiotics, she had the whooping cough. She could have been over it by then if only the doctor prescribed antibiotics. Antibiotics are not appropriate for everything. Somethings are just viruses and antibiotics will do nothing. But in some cases, I think antibiotics is under prescribed and children are being left to suffer with an illness longer than necessary.