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A Word on Antibiotic Abuse
We have seen a lot of sickness and viruses in the Health Office this year. I often hear, “She has a virus/cold, but she is on antibiotics so she should feel better soon.” Please beware! Make sure you know why your child has been put on a certain medication. Ask questions to your doctor and be sure you are informed and give antibiotics properly.
From the CDC: Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if your child has a bacterial infection. This usually means there was some sort of lab sent out to determine the type of bacteria. For instance, a throat swab/culture for strep or a urine culture for a UTI. Fungal and Parasitic infections will also need special medication. However, antibiotics are not a treatment for viruses.
When your child is sick, consult your doctor and ask the right questions when you are at the visit.
Find out more About Antimicrobial Resistance
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