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Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer

Attention parents: Antibiotics do not fight viral illnesses like colds.

    In fact, taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful to your child's health. Unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat. Work with your child's pediatrician to find the best treatment for your sick child.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics warns physician overprescribing antibiotics puts children at risk of serious adverse effects and is the leading source of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections—an inflammation of the colon caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile.

    By 2020, the U.S. aims to reduce such inappropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient settings by 50 percent. Reaching this goal requires a significant reduction in unnecessary antibiotic use for acute respiratory conditions, which account for 44% of outpatient prescriptions. Half are unnecessary prescriptions.

    The AAP encourages pediatricians and families to participate in the week by implementing recommendations on antibiotic use.

    For more information about the safe use of antibiotics, visit

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