Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!

Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!

[ Sneezes ] GIRL:
You know how frustrating it is trying to help your kids
when they’re sick. I don’t feel so good. GIRL: A visit to the doctor’s
office can be a challenge. [ Blows nose ] No, I don’t want you
to take my temperature. No! I wish it would feel better —
my ear. GIRL:
Snort, sniffle, sneeze — no antibiotics, please! As a parent, you want to help
make your child feel better as fast as possible. It’s tempting to think
that antibiotics are the answer
when your child is sick. But that may not always
be the case. You don’t look so good. A lot of illnesses can be caused
by viruses, and antibiotics don’t work
on viruses. In fact, antibiotics
are strong medicines that can have
serious side effects. DR. WHITNEY:
I’m a doctor, but also the mother
of two kids. So I’ve seen my share
of waiting rooms like this. She’s right. If antibiotics are used
too often for things they can’t treat, like colds, flu,
or other viral infections, they can stop working
effectively against bacteria
when you really need them. Antibiotic resistance, when antibiotics can no longer
cure bacterial infections, has been a concern for years. Everyday problems
can become much worse if we can’t use our first line
of defense. Children can need
hospitalization for superbugs that don’t respond
to common antibiotics. As a parent,
you can do something. For example, understand
that many ear infections and sore throats
may not need antibiotics. Work with your doctor
to understand the difference between infections
that are viral and don’t respond
to antibiotics, like the cold or the flu, and infections
that are bacterial and do respond to antibiotics,
like strep throat. Always follow the directions
on any antibiotic prescription. This means taking the prescribed
amount of medicine, even if feeling better, and not sharing
or saving antibiotics, not even
for other family members. Antibiotics are a powerful tool. But you wouldn’t slice a tomato
with a chain saw, right? Antibiotics may not always
be the answer. Learn more by working
with your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure your children
always get the best treatment that’s exactly right for them. Let’s see how our other doctor
is doing with her patients and find out what treatments
might help. GIRL: Soothe a sore throat
with ice chips, sore-throat spray, or lozenges, but don’t give lozenges
to young children. Use a decongestant
or saline nasal spray to help relieve nasal symptoms. Put a warm, moist cloth
over an ear that hurts. To help relieve a cough, use a clean humidifier
or cool mist vaporizer or try breathing in steam
from a bowl of hot water or a shower. You might need some pain
reliever for that ache or fever. DR. WHITNEY: It looks like
her patients are in good hands. But remember, not all over-the-counter
products are recommended for kids
of certain ages. Your pharmacist can help you
make the right choice. Learn more by visiting
our website. We can all get smart
about antibiotics. BOTH: I guess moms and doctors
can work together.

5 Replies to “Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!”

  1. Oh, that's right, avoid vaccines…lets let polio, measels mumps rubella smallpox, etc…gain the freedom to run rampant again. What do you suppose stopped these outbreaks????

  2. Great advice! Saline sprays and cough drops can really help. I keep tissues and everything organized while on the go with Handees Travel Tissue Organizer. So quick, effortless clipped on my bag and water resistant too. Made with care in the USA, no lead materials. Handees patent pending

  3. I still get plenty of bacterial ear infections as an adult. As a matter of fact, I had one earlier this year! So, please, as someone who needs antibiotics to work worth a darn on a fairly regular basis, don't act stupid, people. Don't try them on a cold, finish your course when you do need antibiotics, don't use them on the flu…you get the idea. Or, at least, you should.

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