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GET SMART Antibiotics are strong medicines but they - What Everyone Should Know Do by CDCdocs

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									GET SMART…
                                                                                            FOR PARENTS
• Antibiotics are strong medicines,
  but they don’t cure everything.
• When not used correctly, antibiotics
  can actually be harmful to your
  child’s health.
• Antibiotics can cure most bacterial
  infections – antibiotics cannot cure            USE ANTIBIOTICS WISELY
  viral illnesses.
• Antibiotics kill bacteria – not viruses.   Talk with your doctor or health care
• When your child is sick, antibiotics        provider about the right medicines
  are not always the answer.                           for your health.




                                                                                            Snort. Sniffle.
                                                                                              Sneeze.
                                                                                            No Antibiotics
                                                                                               Please.



                                               For more information, see the Centers for
                                              Disease Control and Prevention Web site at:
                                                       www.cdc.gov/getsmart
                                                                                                       ?
          hen your child is sick, you want

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                                                   Antibiotics Aren’t Always                           Commonly Asked
          to do everything you can to help.        the Answer
          But antibiotics are not the
answer for every illness. This brochure            Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of           Questions:
will help you know when antibiotics work           germs: bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics can
– and when they won’t. For more                    cure bacterial infections – not viral infections.   How Do I Know if My Child has
information, talk to your doctor or visit          Bacteria cause strep throat, some pneumonia         a Virus or a Bacterial Infection?
www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/community.              and sinus infections. Antibiotics can work.
                                                                                                       Ask your child’s doctor or health care
                                                   Viruses cause the common cold, most                 provider and follow his or her advice on
The Risk: Bacteria                                 coughs and the flu. Antibiotics don’t work.         what to do about your child’s illness.
Becomes Resistant                                  Using antibiotics for a virus:                      Remember, colds are caused by viruses and
What’s the harm in giving your child               • Will NOT cure the infection                       should not be treated with antibiotics.
antibiotics anytime? Taking antibiotics when
they are not needed can cause some bacteria        • Will NOT help your child feel better
to become resistant to the antibiotic.             • Will NOT keep others from catching                Does This Mean I Should Never
These resistant bacteria are stronger and            your child’s illness                              Give My Child Antibiotics?
harder to kill. They can stay in your child’s                                                          Antibiotics are very strong medicines and
body and can cause severe illnesses that can’t              Protect Your Child,                        should be used to treat bacterial infections.
be cured with antibiotic medicines. A cure                  Give the Best Care                         Your doctor or health care provider will
for resistant bacteria may require stronger                                                            prescribe antibiotics if your child has a
treatment – and possibly a stay in the hospital.                                                       bacterial infection.
To help prevent antibiotic resistance, the
                                                            ntibiotics should not be used to
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends giving your child
antibiotics only when necessary.                   A        treat the common cold, runny noses
                                                            and most coughs. Children fight off
                                                   these viral illnesses on their own.
                                                                                                       If Mucus from the Nose
                                                                                                       Changes from Clear to
                                                                                                       Yellow or Green — Does This
                                                   If your child’s doctor or health care provider      Mean That my Child Needs
                                                   prescribes an antibiotic to treat a bacterial       an Antibiotic?
                                                   infection – like strep throat – be sure to give
                                                   your child all of the medicine. Only using          Yellow or green mucus does not mean that
                                                   part of the prescription means that only part       your child has a sinus infection. It is normal
                                                   of the infection has been treated. Not              for the mucus to get thick and change color
                                                   finishing the medicine can cause resistant          during a viral cold.
                                                   bacteria to develop.
                                                              Talk to Your Doctor
                                                           or Nurse to Learn More

								
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