Danger in Antibiotic-Related Reactions

Posted On: 09-07-2018
Danger in Antibiotic-Related Reactions
Antibiotics, used often to treat bacterial infections, are responsible for nearly 70,000 trips to the emergency room for children in the United States.

According to a new study performed by researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these numbers show just how careful parents must be when it comes to using antibiotics with children. The study was published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

The researchers wanted to gauge how common hospitalizations stemming from reactions to antibiotics were. They analyzed estimates from 2011 to 2015 of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions nationwide, and the antibiotic related ER visits in children who were 19 years of age or younger. Of these visits, 86% were due to allergic reactions. Children age two and under had the most risk of an adverse reaction to antibiotics.

Researchers note that the reasons for prescribing the antibiotics in this study were not made available, and any adverse reactions that did not involve a hospital emergency room were also not included. Despite this lack of data, the study’s lead author, Maribeth C. Lovegrove, these results are a reminder for parents that antibiotics may save lives, but should only be used when needed due to the rates of adverse effects. It’s important for parents and doctors to weigh benefits and risks before determining treatment.

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