Wellness - General Health | 3-18 yrs

Antibiotics For Children

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Children fall sick quite often. Treating the illness with medicines is our immediate response. But to what extent do these medicines affect a child’s health? One of the major medications being given to fight infections is antibiotics. They fight against the disease causing pathogens and stop the infection from spreading further in the body. But antibiotics are made of strong chemicals and a regular/periodic consumption can result in side-effects. Antibiotics are also known to pose danger to a child’s growth and decrease his overall immunity of the body once the infection has subsided. In such a situation, treating your child organically with herbs or giving him a regular dose of immunity increasing herbs like basil, pepper, etc., can be done to prevent him getting affected by any further infection.

Parents can also keep their children active by motivating them to indulge in physical activities which can increase their immunity and save them from falling ill.

According to an article titled All About Antibiotics published in parents.com, “Antibiotics are medications that either kill bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. They work only against bacteria, not the viruses that cause the majority of sore throats, colds, sinus infections, and bronchitis. Sometimes doctors can tell that your child has a bacterial infection just by examining him, but other times making a diagnosis requires analyzing a culture (grown from a sample taken with a cotton swab).”

Antibiotics are the most common type of medicine being prescribed commonly today to fight infections. Thus, treating your child with antibiotics is fine. But repeated use should be avoided. Also, a nutrient-rich diet can increase your child’s body’s immunity and make him strong and unaffected by infections.

For more on the side effects of antibiotics, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook. 

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