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...