Does Your Child REALLY need an Antibiotic?
This is what you should be asking yourself every time your child is sick. Drug resistance has become a real and serious health threat, this guide will help you decide if your child really needs an antibiotic.
Pinkeye- RX or Not? Most Likely
The inflammation of the membranes lining the inside of the eyelids and whites of the eyes is most often bacterial in young kids and pinkeye is highly contagious. There are no rapid tests to determine its origin, therefore doctors tend to prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
Bronchitis- RX or Not? Rarely
In otherwise healthy children, Bronchitis, an inflammation of the lining of the tubes that carry air to the lungs, is usually caused by complications from a cold or flu and is almost never bacterial.
Pneumonia- RX or Not? Maybe
Lung infections can be viral or bacterial, and it isn’t easy for doctors to tell which is which.
Lyme Disease- RX or Not? Yes
One-quarter of all cases of this tick-borne illness occurs in kids. If blood tests confirm that your child has Lyme disease then your child should go on two to four week course of antibiotics. Early treatment is essential to prevent joint, heart and neurological damage.
Common Cold- RX or Not? No
A cold is a viral illness and doesn’t respond to antibiotics.
Sinus Infection- RX or Not? Maybe
In most cases Sinusitis subsides without treatment. If your child’s symptoms are severe and include a fever then they may be prescribed antibiotics.
Ear Infection- RX or Not? Maybe
Middle ear infections in kids are often needlessly treated with antibiotics, since 80 percent resolve without them. Try waiting two or three days and using children pain reliever for discomfort before rushing to the doctor.