Stone Spring Pediatrics Going Viral

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When your child has a cold (runny nose, cough, fever) you want her to feel better. Many people assume that an antibiotic will make their child get better from a cold. But…ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT TREAT A COLD!! Antibiotics treat bacterial infections (strep throat, bladder infections, ear infections). They never ever treat a viral infection such as a cold, bronchiolitis, viral sore throat. In fact, treating a child with an antibiotic when they have a viral infection can be harmful. Overusing antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic (meaning the antibiotic doesn't make the illness get better). This can make dangerous illnesses very hard to treat. Overuse of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing health problems. We need to all be responsible…doctors, patients, parents and decrease the unnecessary use of antibiotics!!