By By Nina L. Shapiro, MD Contributing Writer
- Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2012
Despite clear guidelines to the contrary, many doctors still expect that they must provide antibiotic prescriptions when parents or caregivers bring a child with a respiratory illness. Likewise, ,any parents will be disappointed, and even question a doctor’s judgment, if no antibiotics are offered. The result is a continued overuse of antibiotics and an inordinate rise in bacterial resistance, a need for stronger antibiotics, and the use of adult dosing to treat bacterial illness in pediatric patients. There are other non-antibiotic options that should be first line choices.