Should I See a Pediatrician Before Giving My Kids Antibiotics?

Should I See a Pediatrician Before Giving My Kids Antibiotics?


So something that can be really concerning for a parent is if your child has an infection. What a lot of parents go to automatically is thinking my child needs an antibiotic, that’s how I’m gonna make them better. In some cases that’s true but in many it’s not. They may get better without any antibiotic. And antibiotics are not benign they also come with potential adverse effects and negative outcomes. So if we use antibiotics for every infection whether they’re viral or bacterial, what can happen is that our antibiotics end up not working well against our bacterial infections. Then we put ourselves as a community at risk that we have these resistant organisms that can’t be treated with normal antibiotics. So overall if your child just has a cold or even sometimes an ear infection, antibiotics may not be necessary. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually put out guidelines for acute otitismedia which is the medical term for an ear infection. If your child is over two years of age and doesn’t have any drainage from their ears, they likely have a viral at itis media and don’t require antibiotics. They will recover while on their own, if your child is younger than two and/or if they have both ears are infected, then an antibiotic may be necessary. You should always call your- consult your pediatrician if you have questions.

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