Tips for Antibiotics Usage

Antibiotics a.k.a antibacterials are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics work against bacteria because they kill these living organisms by stopping their growth and reproduction.

Viruses, on the other hand, are not alive. Viruses grow and reproduce only after they have invaded other living cells. The body’s immune system can fight off some viruses before they cause illness, but others (like colds) must simply run their course. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.

Using antibiotics the wrong way can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections. When you bring your child to the doctor, it’s important to not expect a prescription for antibiotics.

Tips to Use Antibiotics Correctly

✅ Ask your doctor if your child’s illness is bacterial or viral. Discuss the risks and benefits of antibiotics. If it’s a virus, ask about ways to treat symptoms. Don’t pressure your doctor to prescribe antibiotics.

✅ Let milder illnesses (especially those caused by viruses) run their course. This helps prevent bacteria from becoming antibiotic-resistant.

✅ Antibiotics must be taken for the full amount of time prescribed by the doctor. Otherwise, the infection may come back.

 Don’t let your child take antibiotics longer than prescribed.
Do not use leftover antibiotics or save extra antibiotics “for next time.”

 Don’t give your child antibiotics that were prescribed for another family member.

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