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The debate over antibiotics returns to the fore as an 18-month-old baby died in a small Pennsylvania town of an ear infection. Her parents were wary of antibiotics and vaccines and did not want to administer medications to the girl that, according to doctors, would have been saved with a treatment based on antibiotics. This is an extreme case, but it serves to illustrate the little information or misinformation that, in some cases, parents have about the use of medications.
Antibiotics are not bad, in fact they save lives, what is bad is administering them incorrectly. It is a fact that doctors are increasingly opposed to prescribing antibiotics. When I was little it was the abc of family medicine, however, nowadays until the child does not spend 3 days with a fever, at least that is how my pediatrician proceeds, and the pathology requires it, the pediatrician does not decide to prescribe this medicine. Parents sometimes skip this decision and manage it on their own.
Antibiotics are powerful drugs that fight infections caused by bacteria, and their correct use can save lives. According to World Health Organization, are powerful medicinal agents that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria (organisms that can cause anything from pneumonia to urine infection). Depending on the type of bacteria that is causing the condition, the pediatrician will prescribe one antibiotic or another.
Pediatricians often prescribe amoxicillin for severe ear infections, sinusitis, severe and persistent cough, tonsillitis, or strep throat.
Antibiotics do not fight or are effective against infections caused by viruses such as a cold, flu, bronchitis, pharyngitis, or gastroenteritis. If given when the disease is caused by a virus, the only thing we are causing is resistance to antibiotics and also its effect will be null.
Another major mistake made is not finishing treatment. Sometimes the child feels fine after a few days, and many parents stop the medication sooner than the doctor orders. This can cause the child to be reinfected as some bacteria may have survived.
Nor should we save prescribed antibiotics for later use or for someone else.
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