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Safety & Prevention

When a child has a cold or virus, parents may ask for antibiotics, believing it will shorten their illness. Antibiotics are not always the answer. If they are overused, some strains of viruses become resistant to the particular antibiotic. Use them only when your pediatrician believes they are truly needed.

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Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
A Minute for Kids
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.