You asked

Antibiotics for my child's cold: Why doesn't the doctor prescribe them?

There are more than 100 different viruses that are responsible for the common cold and antibiotics are a completely ineffective method of treating them. Many parents are under the impression that antibiotics should be given to their child when they have a bad cold or flu. However, antibiotics will not speed up your child's recovery or make them feel any better.Most common infections such as colds, coughs, or flu don't need antibiotics and will generally run their course without treatment. 
 
It is important to bear in mind that if you give your child antibiotics when they have an infection like a cold or a flu, you are actually putting their health at risk. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed causes bacteria to become more resistant to antibiotic treatments. The next time your child needs antibiotics they may not work. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections and can be life saving in treating certain infections such as meningitis, pneumonia, and TB. 
 
The HSE is campaigning against the use of antibiotics for cold and flu and is warning that if we continue overusing antibiotics we are in danger of rendering these drugs ineffective against the treatment of serious illnesses. They warn that taking antibiotics for a cold or flu is not only a waste of a life saving resource, but is also a waste of money, time, and also causes side affects such as nausea, diarrhoea, and skin rashes. Remember that, the next time your child has a cough or cold, antibiotics should only be used when they are really needed. 

More questions

Toddlers have more trouble expressing how they feel and as a parent it’s important to recognise the flu symptoms
Antibiotics do not kill viruses, such as the common cold, and by over using antibiotics, particularly when they aren’t necessary, you are weakening your child's future defences! 
Whooping cough is a common childhood disease, but one that poses a serious threat to very young children.
Tuberculosis is a serious respiratory infection, that you should have your child vaccinated against.
Recommended period of time your child should be kept from other children when he or she has the chicken pox
While the swine flu pandemic is still around, there are treatments, and even vaccines, that can help protect your child.
What exactly is Cystic Fibrosis and what are the symptoms that I should look out for?

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.