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When the Best Medication for Kids Is No Medication at All

Sunday, 22 August 2010 19:30

A 1999 study published in Pediatrics found that physicians will prescribe antibiotics for viral infections 62 percent of the time when asked by a patient, and only 7 percent of the time when they think a patient does not want it. Since antibiotics do not work on viral infections, this needlessly puts a child at risk for side effects, in addition to contributing to the greater problem of decreasing the efficacy of antibiotics in the future.

Read the full article here: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Wellness/antibiotic-overuse-children/story?id=9941259&page=1