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Entering the sickness journey with children suddenly gets you a PHD in all things medicine, what works, what does not and then understanding about Antibiotics. It seems Antibiotics is not for everything all of the time…

Antibiotics – why are we given them for some illnesses and not others?

Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria in the human body, and therefore are only useful when the illness is caused by bacteria. Antibiotics cannot help with viruses such as the common cold, as colds are caused by a viral infection. Even so, antibiotics are only necessary for treating certain infections which bacteria cause. Children are able to take antibiotics for bacterial infections, and the important thing is for your child to take them as prescribed by your regular GP. Your regular GP will also have a medical history for your child in case they are allergic to certain antibiotics, for example penicillin.

When antibiotics are taken unnecessarily, this can cause issues as the antibiotics start killing the normal and protective bacteria in our bodies. In its place grows new bacteria which is more resistant to antibiotics. Hence, this makes it harder to treat in future when you get sick. Some other side effects from using antibiotics when they aren’t required include:

  • rash
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • yeast infections

Information provided by Family Home Doctors

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