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Use antibiotics judiciously to help preserve power - The Galveston County Daily News : Health

September 18, 2014

Keeping Kids Healthy Use antibiotics judiciously to help preserve power

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 am

Despite a growing concern in the medical community over antibiotic resistance, parents still request that pediatricians prescribe such medications for their children even when the antibiotics are unnecessary, according to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers surveyed 400 parents and 61 pediatricians and found that 18 percent of parents give their children antibiotics without consulting a physician. Nine out of 10 parents thought antibiotics were needed for ear infections, eight out of 10 thought antibiotics were needed for throat infections and 6 out of 10 thought antibiotics were needed for cough and fever. On the other hand, the physicians surveyed felt like the medication was not needed in most cases.

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