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Infection? Well, it's an antibiotic!

Infection? Well, it's an antibiotic!

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We have hard times. However, this does not justify the lack of thinking. The easiest solution is not always the one that can be considered the best. Thinking on the principle: we will give an antibiotic just in case, because it's faster and easier, it is very dangerous. Both on the side of parents and doctors. It does not allow for the natural building of children's immunity and the reaction of dealing with infections. It is worth giving the time and chance that the toddler can grow up. Out of love and care for him ...

Antibiotic ... and after trouble?

Many parents are used to thinking that an antibiotic is good for everything. They choose doctors who spare their children medicines and make them quickly 'stand on their feet'. The specialist who is good will shorten the difficult time of illness for the whole family. Like everything seems obvious, because no one likes to get sick, and looking at the suffering of children struggling with a runny nose and cough can be very difficult, but wise doctors emphasize that caring for a child should consist of the need to build immunity.

The small organism learns how to fight infections 'in practice', thanks to which the risk of catching an infection is smaller at the next opportunity.

Where this is not absolutely necessary, it is not recommended to give antibiotics, but it is recommended to give the body a chance to cope with the infection. Especially if it is an infection caused by viruses (which is treated symptomatically, no antibiotics are given) and if the toddler has come out of infancy (remains in good condition and administration of the antibiotic is not necessary).

Giving a toddler a chance to face the threat is a wise decision for parents (although undoubtedly not easy), giving excellent results in the future. This does not mean, of course, that you should not bring relief to the patient, but to treat the infection symptomatically, and not by thoughtlessly using antibiotics "just in case".

A delayed bomb?

Why is it so important for children to create natural protective barriers? First of all, because in this way:

  • they will get less sick
  • periods of illness will be shorter,
  • will be more resistant to infections,
  • diseases will be milder and the risk of complications will decrease.

In addition, fewer prescribed antibiotics are less of a problem with mutating bacteriathat become resistant to administered drugs and much more dangerous to people. Professor Sally Davies warns that antibiotics are delayed ignition bombs. Their reflexive administration causes resistance to their action. In her opinion, the effects of today's activities will not have to wait long: in 20 years, ordinary operations can become deadly for people, due to low resistance to infections and limited treatment options.

The problem is not small, also because in recent years, humanity has not invented too many new antibiotics. Therefore, scientists do not hide that if there are no more drugs, there is a real danger that in a few decades, doctors will have nothing to treat. The number of "superbacteria" increases every year.

What can you do?

First of all, you should realize that not every disease requires swallowing antibiotics. Antibiotics are ineffective in the fight against viral infections - colds, flu, chickenpox, etc. They are only indicated for bacterial complications.

Secondly, you need to realize how important hygiene is, which allows you to significantly reduce the spread of infection. Frequent hand washing plays a key role here.

This is very important because, as doctors around the world emphasize: the number of infections that we cannot treat effectively increases.

Worth remembering!

Antibiotics are medicines used for serious bacterial infections.