So, your child has been diagnosed with a common cold. Here at Affinity, we know that you want your child to feel better fast, and you may have heard that antibiotics help to cure a cold. But our providers do not recommend an antibiotic for a common cold. Here’s why. “Medical science shows that the use of antibiotics will not shorten the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, also known as a common cold. Antibiotics will also not decrease the chance of complications from a cold. Treatment with an antibiotic is proven to have no effect on the development of ear infections, a common side effect of cold recovery. Also, the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health has encouraged providers to avoid prescribing unnecessary antibiotics for colds due to the emergence of superbugs, which are resistant to almost every antibiotic.” Instead of relying on antibiotics, boost your child’s resistance to infection by having your child vaccinated according to your provider’s recommendations, and by not smoking or allowing others to smoke around your child. Remember, the Affinity Walk-In Clinic on Broadmoor is open 24/7. Our Affinity Children & Family Walk-In Clinic, located at 920 Oliver Road, is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact your local Affinity provider or call Affinity Health Group at 866-860-7510.