Antibiotics Overuse

John Hopkins Medicine

Antibiotic overuse in children has become a common problem, aggravated by parental pressure for the medication, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As a result, many bacterial infections in the U.S. and worldwide are becoming resistant to antibiotics, thus creating a lack of effective treatment for bacterial infections.

Overuse of antibiotics is leading to strains of diseases that are becoming resistant to the medication, making it harder to treat patients. All too often, antibiotics have been prescribed for conditions such as colds, fluid in the middle ear, or bronchitis, which do not respond to antibiotics, according to the CDC. Antibiotics are only effective in treating bacterial infections.

The key to preventing overuse of antibiotics is education of the parents and doctors in the appropriate use of antibiotics, according to the AAP. Some tips to remember when taking antibiotics, according to the American Medical Association, include the following:

Take the antibiotics as prescribed.

Finish the full course of antibiotics, as prescribed.

Do not save or reuse antibiotics.

Always consult your child’s doctor for more information.

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