Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely11/22/12
(HealthDay News) -- Your child must take an antibiotic according
to a doctor's prescription or label instructions, to make sure the
medicine works properly and doesn't foster drug-resistant
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for
- Make sure your child takes the entire course of medication
exactly as prescribed.
- Give your child an antibiotic prescribed just for him or her;
never share an antibiotic prescribed for someone else.
- Schedule any follow-up appointment recommended by your
pediatrician after the antibiotic is finished -- for example, an
ear exam after an ear infection.
- Be sure to call the pediatrician if your child has finished an
antibiotic and still isn't feeling well.
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