Evaluating the role of complementary and alternative medicine is important and may lead to improvement in the care that we provide for children. The article by Sarell et al1 compares the efficacy of a naturopathic herbal extract with a commercially available topical anesthetic for the treatment of pain associated with acute otitis media (AOM) and concludes that the treatments have equal effectiveness in the improvement of self-rated pain scores. Important methodologic issues limit this conclusion:
Kemper AR, Krysan DJ. Reevaluating the Efficacy of Naturopathic Ear Drops. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(1):88–89. doi:
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