Antibiotics, though are the ultimate reliable medication for curing your child of most bacterial infections, should be avoided until absolutely necessary.
If antibiotics are so effective then why avoid administering them to kids?
A lot of times you look for immediate respite in strong medication to see your kid back to playful activities.
Seeing your kid go through agonizing ill-health is very troublesome.
Kids immediately become dull and have a tough time sleeping and eating through the day.
Glazy eyes, sore throats and little fever in your child can drive you crazy.
You would want to rush to your doctor or may end up giving the medication prescribed the previous time when your child fell sick.
But, it is always better to show your child to the doctor as the infections may vary and so do the doses and the medication.
“Help your child develop a good health by investing in today rather than worrying about tomorrow”
ANTIBIOTICS SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN UNLESS PRESCRIBED BY YOUR DOCTOR.
In this post, you would come across the serious side effects of antibiotics that could pose serious threat on your young one’s health in the longer run.
Antibiotics for kids
Why should you avoid giving antibiotics to the kids as much as you can?
Antibiotics though were discovered to ensure the well being of people, are a serious threat to mankind’s survival.
As per WHO in 2014, “The most serious threat to a population’s health is no longer to be predicted but in fact, is happening in the present by building anti microbial resistance.”
In the under developed countries where drugs are easily available even without prescription, such antibiotic resistance is increasing rapidly.
Here, is what happens in drug resistance.
The following diagram will illustrate it.
The diagram below shows what happens when we develop resistance to antibiotics. It is presented in a simple understandable manner.
When antibiotic resistance starts building up than your body may stop reacting to milder antibiotics next time.
You would be forced to choose a stronger version of the same to get rid of infection and again the resistance against the stronger one will build up.
At last, you would become completely resistant to antibiotic medication and the bacteria in you would have evolved itself to a mutant strain capable of fighting antibiotic of any kind.
This would become a serious concern if the antibiotic intake is not checked.
Removes beneficial Micro biome
The antibiotics remove the helpful or beneficial micro biome from the body.
There are plenty of beneficial microbes in the digestive tract which helps in the proper digestion of the food.
The antibiotic kills away this useful micro biome too.
This micro biome will take weeks together to replenish them in the human digestive tract.
Auto immune disorders
There are plenty of auto immune disorders that develop due to resistance built by frequent antibiotic intake.
The immune cells of the body lose their fighting power towards the bacteria or viruses that have entered the body.
The whole immune system of the body suffers a serious setback.
This could invite serious health problems in the longer run and you may get many diseases due to weaker immune system.
When should you give antibiotics to your child?
Remember, kids often suffer from viral infections for which they do not need any antibiotic support.
These infections are curable by general medicines which do not harm the body. Antibiotics are used against bacterial infections and not against viral.
The antibiotics should only be administered on the advice of the doctor.
And, only if the infection is very severe and is bacterial in nature, then antibiotics should be used.
It is okay to use them once in a while to suppress the infection and you should not brood over the same if you end up using them.
At the same time, care should be taken to avoid using these antibiotics as much as possible for a healthy living.
Not many people are aware of the side effects of antibiotics.
But, now that you are, make sure that you give home remedies to your kid right at the onset of mild cough and cold.
In most cases, with little precaution and home remedies, kids get cured easily.
You could also go for homeopathy in case of any severe infection, if you have faith in it.