Warning: Antibiotics could endanger your child!!!
December 14, 2006 11:22pm CST
Antibiotics remain our most effective weapon against disease-causing bacteria, with the power to save lives and prevent illness. But when overused or misused, these drugs make a person vulnerable to attack by a superbug called streptococcus pneumoniae. Children are particularly at risk bacause kids get sick more often than enyone else.
15 Dec 06
Ensure the problem is bacterial. Parents should realize that antibiotics are only useful for bacterial infections and have no effect on viruses. In many instances, bacteria can be detected from throat swabs. Once a course of antibiotics is begun, continue them for the full length of treatment even if symptoms abate. Any shorter course may allow the more resistant bacteria to repopulate.