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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE ~ March 2017

 
 

ANTIBIOTICS AREN’T ALWAYS THE ANSWER

Many common infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are main

drivers of resistance. Always take antibiotics exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop taking an

antibiotic early without approval from your provider. Never save antibiotics for future illnesses, take

antibiotics prescribed for others or share antibiotics with others.

SIX SIMPLE AND SMART FACTS ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC USE

  1. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs

Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to preserve their strength for future bacterial illnesses.

  1. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections

If your child has a viral infection like a cold, talk to a doctor or pharmacist about symptom relief. This may include overthe-

counter medicine, a humidifier, or warm liquids.

  1. Some ear infections DO NOT require an antibiotic

A doctor can determine what kind of ear infection your child has and if antibiotics will help. The doctor may follow expert

guidelines to wait a couple of days before prescribing antibiotics since your child may get better without them.

  1. Most sore throats DO NOT require an antibiotic

Only 1 in 5 children seen by a doctor for a sore throat has strep throat, which should be treated with an antibiotic. Your

child’s doctor can only confirm strep throat by running a test.

  1. Green colored mucus is NOT a sign that an antibiotic is needed

As the body’s immune system fights off an infection, mucus can change color. This is normal and does not mean your

child needs an antibiotic.

  1. There are potential risks when taking any prescription drugs Antibiotic use can

cause complications, ranging from an upset stomach to a serious allergic reaction. Your child’s doctor will weigh the risks

and benefits before prescribing an antibiotic.

Get Smart symptom relief tips & tools for your child at: www.cdc.gov/getsmart or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN

March 2017 Tiger Times