Antibiotics – Are They the Good, the Bad, or the Ugly?
Antibiotics are truly a wonder drug and have saved countless lives. Derived from bacteria, these microorganism can help your body fight off bacteria. While there are many types of antibiotics that all have specific actions, the basic premise remains the same – these wonder drugs fight off the bad bacteria and keep you alive. However, many parents of today are becoming concerned about over-prescribing of this type of medication and whether their child can build up a resistance to the positive effects, leaving them vulnerable for severe infection.
Sadly, this concern is well warranted.
A staggering 110 million prescriptions for antibiotics are given out each year in the United States. Sadly, many of these are for misdiagnosed illnesses, and between that and negative reactions to the drug, roughly 142,000 Americans end up in the emergency room each year, according to Orthomolecular.com. This is a very alarming statistic to consider, especially when this type of medicine is given to very young children. Not only can many people go into anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but when you take this kind of medication regularly, it basically no longer works.
What is a parent supposed to do when their child is sick and their doctor prescribes antibiotics? First, you will not need them if your little one has a virus, only a bacteria. Find out the issue in order to determine proper treatment. This means that you likely won’t get help treating chicken pox, the flu, fevers, coughs or sore throats. If you have concerns, speak to your doctor about the overuse of antibiotics and whether your child truly requires them to get well. If you still have doubts, seek a second opinion.
Naturally, you want your child to be healthy. Unfortunately, antibiotics can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Only take them when you must, not when you think you need them. Take the entire course – not more, not less. Dispose of any old antibiotics carefully and do not take any that were not prescribed for you or your child. Visit websites such as the Center for Disease Control to get a full understanding of the scope of this problem and how you can keep your child healthy without over-medicating them. Look into natural immunity boosters, such as foods, rest, liquids and vitamins to help keep your child from developing illness and let nature and a cautious medication plan take care of the rest.