Is Your Kid Sick? Don't Pressure Doc for Antibiotics

While a parent’s natural inclination is to ask the doctor for an antibiotic when a child is sick, it’s best to let most coughs, colds and sore throats run their course, USA Today reports. One reason is because illnesses caused by viruses don’t respond to antibiotics. But another very important reason is that needless prescribing of antibiotics is contributing to the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, too often doctors themselves are contributing to...

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