Antibiotics Usage Proven Not beneficial for Children In New Investigation

The Associated Press reported on a study by the number of Pediatricians who studied 383 kids with acute respiratory tract illness, ranging from infants to age 12. The research conducted during a twelve months period was published inside the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of the 383 children within the study, 293 (77%) failed to receive prescription antibiotics.

The physicians compared the return visits to the doctor for the group that received antibiotics with the group that didn't. The final results indicated that 44% of these treated with antibiotics returned for more treatment while only 29% of those who didn't receive antibiotics needed to return. Dr. Michael Pichichero, among the authors of the study, figured that although some doctors will prescribe antibiotics for almost all patients with respiratory infections, "there is no scientific rationale for such antibiotic use."

Regardless of these numbers, a newly released survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that 86% of pediatricians in Georgia routinely prescribe antibiotics for bronchitis, even though such use is rarely justified. The CDC goes on to say that 42% of pediatricians surveyed prescribe antibiotics for the common cold which is caused by a virus and which antibiotics have no effect on.

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