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Child in Italy dies of otitis media
Because a child was given globules to treat otitis media instead of antibiotics, he died of the consequences of the severe infection. The German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) was concerned about the news "dismayed by the death of a seven-year-old boy in Italy who died last Saturday from otitis media (otitis media)."
However, the association does not blame homeopathy for this, but sees the mistake at the doctor. "Apparently there is a medical malpractice here," explains Cornelia Bajic, first chairwoman of the DZVhÄ. "In this case, the waiver of antibiotics seems to be a clear lack of help and is not compatible with the medical self-image." If the allegations against the doctor are substantiated, it should be welcomed if the "full severity of Italian law" is applied, said Bajic . Bajic continues: “Homeopathy belongs in competent hands. And in Germany there are clear rules that, when used correctly by the treating doctor, prevent a comparable case. "
In Germany, otitis media cannot be treated immediately with an antibiotic. Conventional medicine also urges doctors to use antibiotics appropriately and is critical of the high consumption of antibiotics in Germany. It is the responsibility of the individual doctor how he weighs the risks and benefits for his patient. But the rules in Germany are clear: The medical guidelines of the German Society for General Medicine and Family Medicine (DEGAM) prescribe: "For patients without risk factors with uncomplicated acute otitis media, (...) immediate antibiotic therapy should be avoided. (...) Even in the case of fever and / or vomiting, it is reasonable to wait for the first 24 to 48 hours under observation of the child and only to prescribe antibiotics if the symptoms worsen or there is no improvement. ”Homeopathic doctors in Germany adhere to these Regulate.
Parents should therefore never give globulis without consulting their doctor. They cannot offer a replacement for serious inflammation.