Some Important Doís and Doníts About Your Kids and Antibiotics
- Donít expect or demand to get antibiotics for every infection. Upper respiratory infections such as colds and flu, for instance, are often caused by viruses, and antibiotics wonít help.
- Do take your antibiotic as prescribed. With all antibiotics, you have to complete the whole course of treatment.
- Donít stop the medication or skip doses just because your child feels better.
- Do what you can to stop the spread of infection. Remember to wash your hands when you: use the toilet, change diapers; blow your nose, cough, or sneeze; or are around sick children or groups.
- Donít give your other children leftover antibiotics. Each child experiences infections differently. Only your doctor can diagnose the type of infection and determine whether antibiotics are needed.
- Do talk with your doctor and learn more about ear infections and how antibiotics can help.