Here’s a really great article, a quick read, about how antibiotics are being used more than twice as often as they should be. We may be biassed, but we believe pediatricians in general are generally very cautious with antibiotics, doing our best to educate families about the cause of infections and treating only when we are pretty sure bacteria are the culprit. In addition to this article, there is growing evidence that messing with our body’s natural “flora” (beneficial bacteria in our gut, skin, nasal passages that helps compete out the bad stuff) is not such a good thing. In fact, it may be one of the major reasons we see increased food allergies, asthma and eczema compared with other countries. Don’t get us wrong, antibiotics have saved many lives and are a huge public health advantage, but we want to use them as wisely as we can.
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