When your kid has a bad case of flu and it breaks your heart to see him suffering like that, you may expect your doctor to prescribe antibiotics for him.
This is a very common problem, said infectious diseases specialist Leong Hoe Nam. Sometimes, patients ask for antibiotics – regardless of the nature of their infections – because of the placebo effect.
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A study by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore with public health experts from the National University Health System published in 2017 found that a third of more than 900 patients with upper respiratory tract infections surveyed expected antibiotics to be prescribed.
Of the third, almost half would ask their general practitioners for antibiotics, or visit a second doctor for it. But here are some do’s and don’t for parents to take note of when it comes to giving antibiotics to kids: