Antibiotics aren’t always the answer to your sick child. Many common infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. As a parent, ask your provider what the best care is for your child, which might not include an antibiotic.
Did you know? Antibiotics are life-saving, antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not all ear infections and sore throats require antibiotics, green colored mucus is not a sign of a bacterial infection and that taking antibiotics does have risks.
Healthcare professionals: improve antibiotic prescribing by staying up to date on clinical guidelines, communicating with patients regarding expectations, and counseling patients about antibiotic resistance.
Working together is vital. Public health leadership is critical so that facilities are alerted to data about resistant infections, C. difficile, or outbreaks in the area, and can target effective prevention strategies. Ask your provider how they are adopting a coordinated approach.
Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the US. Learn more about how CDC proposes preventing infections and improving antibiotic prescribing to save 37,000 lives from drug-resistant infections over 5 years.