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A prescription not always the answer for kids; Family surgery Antibiotics.

Byline: DR GARETH SMITH

EVERY year, your family probably faces its share of colds, sore throats and flu.

Many parents attend the doctor with their kids expecting a prescription for antibiotics and they're surprised if they leave empty-handed. But your child's doctor could be doing you and your child a favour.

Antibiotics, first used in the 1940s, are certainly one of the great advances in medicine. But overprescribing them has resulted in the development of bacteria that doesn't respond to antibiotics that may have worked in the past.

Plus, a child who takes antibiotics when it isn't necessary runs the risk of adverse reactions, such as stomach upset and diarrhoea.

Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses not only won't work but it also has a dangerous side-effect. Over time, this helps create bacteria that have become more of a challenge to kill.

Doctors are advised to use antibiotics in children only where there is confirmation of a bacterial infection. So the next time your GP says no, don't give him a hard time.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 16, 2006
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