Antibiotic Overuse In Children On The Decline

The CDC recently noted that antibiotic use in kids is declining. That's good news and likely due to efforts by...
The CDC recently noted that antibiotic use in kids is declining. That's good news and likely due to efforts by the CDC's Get Smart campaign. Get Smart points out that antibiotics aren't necessary for every little illness and encourages parents to think over antibiotic use before giving them to their children. Still, despite CDC efforts, antibiotic use remains too high in some populations. As a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report states, antibiotic prescription rates for children has fallen in recent years, but the rates remain inappropriately high for kids under the age of 14 years. The CDC goes on to say that, "Further efforts are needed to decrease inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for persons aged ≤14 years." If you're a parent, you should carefully consider whether or not your child needs antibiotics - even if a doctor says they're necessary. If your baby takes too many antibiotics, he may develop antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when too many antibiotics are used and is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. + Fast Facts About Antibiotic Resistance

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