Antibiotics are powerful medicines
used to treat certain illnesses. But antibiotics don't cure everything. And antibiotics
that are used when not needed can be harmful.
There are 2 main types of germs that cause most infections. These are viruses and bacteria.
Antibiotics can't kill viruses.
They can't help you feel better when you have a virus.
Most ear infections
Some sinus infections
Urinary tract infections
Antibiotics do kill specific bacteria.
Some viruses cause symptoms that
seem like a bacterial infection. Some bacteria can cause symptoms that seem like a viral
infection. Your child's healthcare provider can determine what type of illness your
child has. He or she will advise the right type of treatment.