1 year 4 months old boy | 2 years ago
How serious is the problem of overprescription of antibiotics to children? My child was prescribed one for an ailment that could have naturally healed and the result was little positive effect and a lot of side effects?
a year ago
Antibiotics are like double edged swords. Used correctly they help in treating life threatening infections. But majority of child hood infections are viral(60-80%). Viral infections are not cured by antibiotics, they get better by themselves. So most of the times (60-80%) of times your child will not need antibiotics. Using antibiotics unnecessarily, (viral fever), using lesser doses, giving for shorter duration than prescribed, all lead to development of dangerous bugs which are resistant to many antibiotics. At the level of child , it may lead to child harbouring antibiotic resistant bugs. Next time he gets a bacterial infection, he may need higher antibiotics, IV antibiotics or even hospitalization. Antibiotics also kills the good bacteria in our intestines which are required for healthy living. Recent evidence shows multiple antibiotic treatment in first year of life, leads to certain changes in normal intestinal bacteria, leading to high levels of fat in body composition. This can have far reaching effect in the long term. Few tips for a parent: Never start antibiotics by yourself, unless prescribed by doctor Never demand/ harass your doctor to start an antibiotic. Always give the right dose of antibiotic and complete schedule. Don't stop in between as child feels better. Sorry for lengthy answer, but your question deserved one.