Should parents worry about giving antibiotics to kids?


by KING 5 News

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 10:57 AM

University of Washington researchers have found that antibiotics given to kids can lead to an increased risk of irritable bowel disease later in life. So how concerned should parents be?

KING 5's Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson shares some perspective. 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 

More information

Guidelines for Antibiotic Use by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Avoiding Antibiotics Whenever Possible: Less Is More

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