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Pediatric  Dental   Health

January 1, 2002

Should Children Take Antibiotics?
A child develops a sore throat or an ear infection - and soon a bottle of "pink medicine" promises to make everything better. Many parents demand antibiotics when their children develop a yellow or green nasal discharge. They also believe that antibiotics facilitate return to day care. The result of such inappropriate use of antibiotics has been a significant increase in drug-resistant bacteria.

The emergence of bacterial strains that are increasingly resistant to antimicrobial agents is causing a growing national and international concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 110 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed each year – and that half of those prescriptions are unnecessary.