Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 14-20, 2011) is happening right now, so it's the perfect time to brush up...

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 14-20, 2011) is happening right now, so it's the perfect time to brush up on your antibiotic skill-set. Get Smart is an annual campaign created to observe the importance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. The reason, antibiotic use remains too high in some populations and antibiotic resistance is a real threat. Antibiotic resistance occurs when too many antibiotics are used, and is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. How does antibiotic resistance work? Each time your baby takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria in your baby’s system are killed. However, then antibiotic resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are the primary causes of drug-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance. What happens next is that an antibiotic may not work when your baby really needs it to. Also, antibiotic use in pregnancy or for babies is linked to other issues, such as an increased risk of asthma, birth defects and more. Antibiotic resistance goes beyond simple medications though. Antibacterial products such as hand sanitizing gels, soaps and cleaning products can also breed super germs that are resistant to antibacterials. Many parents are overly obsessed with protecting their baby from germs. But this is one of those wars you shouldn't fight. Germs are everywhere and when you add antibacterial products into the mix, all you do is create larger, healthier germs. In fact, when it comes to illness prevention both the CDC and World Health Organization advocate simple water and soap washing, not hand gels or antibacterial soap. Learn more:

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