Well­ness Arti­cles

Chil­dren & Unnec­es­sary Antibi­otics

In the March 18, 1998 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (JAMA) was an arti­cle enti­tled Antibi­otic Pre­scrib­ing for Chil­dren with Colds, Upper Res­pi­ra­tory Infec­tions, and Bron­chi­tis. The arti­cle talks about the preva­lent usage of antibi­otics in chil­dren with prob­lems com­ing from viruses. As all doc­tors know, antibi­otics are not designed or effec­tive in viral infec­tions such as many upper res­pi­ra­tory infec­tions (URI’s), bron­chi­tis or colds.

In the study sited in the report in JAMA, 531 pedi­atric files were reviewed whose diag­no­sis was either colds, URI, or bron­chi­tis. Of these it was deter­mined that 44% of those with colds got a worth­less and pos­si­bly harm­ful antibi­otic. Of those with URI’s 46% were deter­mined to have got­ten antibi­otics they didn’t also need. And in those diag­noses with bron­chi­tis an astound­ing 75% received an antibi­otic even though antibi­otics would be totally inef­fec­tive and pos­si­bly harmful.

Accord­ing to the article’s bot­tom line: “Antibi­otic pre­scrib­ing for chil­dren diag­nosed as hav­ing colds, URI’s and bron­chi­tis, con­di­tions that typ­i­cally do not ben­e­fit from antibi­otics, rep­re­sent a sub­stan­tial pro­por­tion of total antibi­otic pre­scrip­tions to chil­dren in the United States each year.”

Many med­ical physi­cians admit that patients expect and even demand antibi­otic usage on their chil­dren with these types of prob­lems. Doc­tors have lost patients from their prac­tice when they have refused to admin­is­ter antibi­otics to a par­ent who mis­tak­enly believes that form of care is needed.

Ran­dom Article

From an arti­cle in the Decem­ber 2nd, 1999 issue of the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Med­i­cine some inter­est­ing sta­tis­tics were revealed. These

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