Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines

Have you ever taken your child to the doctor and been told he has a cold or the flu and the doctor prescribes antibiotics? Check out these guidelines to avoid overused of the said medicine to your kids

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed unnecessarily for colds, the flu, coughs and bronchitis, and viral sore throats, etc.

Overuse Is a Big Problem

This overuse of antibiotics can lead to unwanted side effects, including diarrhea and allergic reactions. Perhaps even more importantly, the overuse of antibiotics is leading to more bacteria gaining the ability to resist antibiotics. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat, often require stronger antibiotics, and can cause life-threatening infections.

You can help prevent the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by making sure your child only takes an antibiotic when he needs it and then takes it as prescribed. Understanding the latest antibiotic treatment guidelines for ear infections and sinus infections, which include options to observe your child without antibiotics, might also help decrease the overuse of antibiotics.

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Antibiotics for Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common condition for which antibiotics are prescribed in children.

Guidelines that were released in 2004 have helped to decrease some of those prescriptions, as they recommended an “observation option” for some children with ear infections. These children who could safely be observed for two to three days without treatment with an antibiotic included those who were at least 2-years-old and had mild symptoms.

Read more: https://www.verywell.com/antibiotic-prescribing-guidelines-2633401

 

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