Antibiotic over prescription in children going down, researchers say
June 11, 2013 (WLS) -- Children come down with a lot of things- viruses, common colds, flu, and stomach bugs- and in most cases the cure will not come from an antibiotic.
The overuse of this medication by children has been an increasing concern for parents and health professionals.
But an encouraging new trend is emerging.
The number of kids who are getting antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections is going down.
Researchers are finding that updating pediatricians about the right way to prescribe antibiotics is helping make a difference.
Here's what they are telling the Journal of the American Medical Association: "Off guideline prescribing for these common infections decreased by nearly 50 percent for pediatricians who received the education and feedback... Parents should be confident that we have a way to get kids the right drugs at the right time to best cure their infections while minimizing unnecessary side effects."
Researchers say this was a relatively simple intervention that produced large benefits.
- Man, 20, charged in Boystown sex assault
- Neighbors rescue kids from West Pullman fire 22 min ago
- Chicago casino plans to be heard at Wednesday hearing 45 min ago
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
- I-Team: Illinois Poison Center hotline's cry for help
- Priest Michael O'Connell reinstated by archdiocese
- Mother questions why Harvey police shot son
- Man shot in Palos Heights home invasion 50 min ago
- Local runners preparing for Boston Marathon
- Loop bank robbery suspect arrested
- Driver charged with drunken driving at 118 mph on I-55 42 min ago
- Police fatally shoot 'vicious' dog on South Side
- Photos: Adorable meerkats befriend photographer
- abcnews: Experts: Pistorius May Have Stumbled on Stand