Antibiotics can help us fight infections. But there's a new study done by a Seattle doctor that looks at the long-term effects of antibiotic use in childhood. KING 5's Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson discusses. You can also read her blog on this issue.
What parents can do
- Antibiotics are given frequently (1 out of 5 visits). Ask WHY they are needed.
- Ask the prescribing doctor if treatment alternatives exist.
- No antibacterial soap at home. Don't treat yourself or kids with old antibiotics in the cupboard.
- If your child goes on antibiotics, consider using "probiotics" to help keep good bacteria around