Get Smart About Antibiotics
Antibiotics have been available for decades. Now, overuse is the problem. Go Ask Mom partnered with the North Carolina Quality Center to help parents Get Smart About Antibiotics.
Get Smart: Antibiotics overuse leads to resistance
Here's a scenario most parents are familiar with: Your child goes to sleep with a runny nose and wakes up with a fever and lots of pain in her ear. You head over to the pediatrician's office for a sick child visit, expecting to leave with a diagnosis of an ear infection and a prescription for antibiotics. Not so fast ...
Get Smart: Clean out those medicine cabinets - why medications shouldn't be shared, saved
Do you have old antibiotics and other medications hanging out in your medicine cabinet? Here's why they need to go.
Get Smart: Will an antibiotic cure a cold, fix a sore throat?
But not every cough, sore throat or earache requires a course of the bacteria killers. Why? Because common colds, the flu and other everyday ailments are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
Get Smart: How to help sick kids when antibiotics aren't the answer
For years, doctors have been prescribing antibiotics for illnesses as common as the cold. But, as doctors and health experts now know, those everyday prescriptions have led to some big problems.
Get Smart: Don't ask for antibiotics, ask if they're right for you
For years, patients were heading into the doctor's office with common ailments like colds or ear infections and leaving with a prescription for antibiotics. But antibiotics overuse for viral illnesses like those have led to a new battle: resistance of the drugs, which are designed to killed bacterial infections not viral illnesses.