Most of the time, your child probably doesn’t need an antibiotic when she or he is sick. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 80 percent of antibiotics prescribed for respiratory illnesses are unnecessary.
Because antibiotics can only cure bacterial illnesses; they will NOT cure illnesses that are caused by viruses. And viral infections are generally self-limiting—your body’s immune system will get rid of the virus over a period of time. Typical viral illnesses include the common cold, influenza, and most sore throats and coughs.
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