Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely
-- Your child must take an antibiotic according to a doctor's prescription or label instructions, to make sure the medicine works properly and doesn't foster drug-resistant bacteria.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for parents:
- Make sure your child takes the entire course of medication exactly as prescribed.
- Give your child an antibiotic prescribed just for him or her; never share an antibiotic prescribed for someone else.
- Schedule any follow-up appointment recommended by your pediatrician after the antibiotic is finished -- for example, an ear exam after an ear infection.
- Be sure to call the pediatrician if your child has finished an antibiotic and still isn't feeling well.
Posted: November 2012