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Doctors Push to Limit Antibiotic Use in Children

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 18, 2013 10:08:58 AM

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- American children get too many unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for upper respiratory infections, a medical group says. Now the organization is urging both providers and parents to take steps to ensure that antibiotics are used only when truly needed.

More than one in five pediatric office visits results in an antibiotic prescription, according to the authors of a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And about 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written every year for upper respiratory infections that likely won't improve from antibiotic use.

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