6 Questions to ask your Doctor before Antibiotics

Antibiotics hold a very important place in modern medicine.  They are life-saving when medically necessary, so if your doctor strongly advises your child needs them, they should be taken.  However, they can be over-prescribed. Antibiotics are ineffective to treat viruses and only work to fight bacterial infections.  

The downside of antibiotics

When your child takes antibiotics, they kill all bacteria – good or bad, including friendly bacteria such as the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium families.  Because your child’s friendly bacteria are delicate in numbers and still trying to establish themselves. If your child does have a course of antibiotics you will need to support the good bacteria’s recovery by supplementing with probiotics and increasing fibre in the diet. Its also important to remember that the beneficial bacteria that live in your child’s gut are the backbone of their immune function and work hand-in-hand with the immune system to fight off infections.

Ask your doctor 

Before giving your child antibiotics, ask your doctor these questions to help avoid unnecessary use:

Question 1

Is this a viral or bacterial infection? (Antibiotics kill bacteria and won’t work for viral infections).

Question 2

Is the prescription absolutely necessary?

Question 3

How long will my child be unwell without taking antibiotics?

Question 4

What are the signs to watch out for if the condition worsens?

Question 5

At what point should I give my child antibiotics?

Question 6

What is the worst case scenario if my child doesn’t take antibiotics?

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