Antibiotics and Sick Kids

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the kids are more likely to be sick.

Some of the reasons why children are sicker from October through March include:

Close contact with classmates.

More indoor time with shorter days that increases the chance of coming in contact with someone sick.

Dry, heated air keeps viruses airborne longer.

Whatever the cause–here are some excellent links about sick kids from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children: 10 Common Questions Answered

10 Common Childhood Illnesses and Their Treatments 

Why Most Sore Throats, Coughs & Runny Noses Don’t Need Antibiotics

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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