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As parents and caregivers, we want to do everything we can to help kids feel better when they are sick. But antibiotics are not the answer for every illness.

What’s the harm in giving your child antibiotics anytime?

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. These resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill. They can stay in your child’s body and can cause severe illnesses that can’t be cured with antibiotics. A cure for resistant bacteria may require stronger treatment – and possibly a stay in the hospital.

To help prevent antibiotic resistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends giving your child antibiotics only when necessary.

Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections – not viral infections. Bacteria causes strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections.

Viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu. Antibiotics don’t work.

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