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Moms and dads who have been up with sick, screaming infants in the middle of the night tend to expect more from a doctor than advice to keep an eye on the problem. Often, they want antibiotics, and may not stop at one doctor to get them, he said.
"In this new age of consumerism, they will go somewhere else and get what they want," Bromberg said.
The taxing nature of ear infections may be why the CDC didn't find a decrease in the antibiotic prescribing rate for that problem, he added.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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