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ANTIBIOTIC USE

There are two main types of infections in the pediatric population: viral and bacterial. Viral infections are responsible for most colds, vomiting, diarrhea, and sore throats. There are no cures for most viral infections. They must run their course, which lasts 5 to 10 days. Since antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, treatment is aimed at comfort and symptomatic relief.

Antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment for bacterial infections and are among the most prescribed pediatric drugs. As antibiotic use has increased over the years, so has the resistance of pathogens. This makes it more difficult to treat true infections. In an effort to decrease the risk of bacterial resistance, the American Academy of Pediatrics has emphasized judicious use of antibiotics. Antibiotics, as with any medicine, come with potential for side effects varying from mild to severe reactions. Our Doctors take a conservative approach to treating illness, using antibiotics only when appropriate, looking out for the best interest of your child.

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