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Nasal balloon autoinflation safe and effective for chronic ear infections in children

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Published on Jul 27, 2015

Jane Vennik, Research Fellow in Primary Care at the University of Southampton, demonstrates the nasal balloon autoinflation technique. In a pragmatic randomized control trial published in CMAJ, Jane Vennik, Dr. Ian Williamson, and colleagues found that nasal balloon autoinflation is a feasible, safe and effective treatment that should be used more often. Having children with chronic otitis media with effusion inflate a balloon device through their nose 3 times a day was more likely than usual care to resolve the effusion and improve ear-related quality of life over 3 months. Full article (open access): www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.141608

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