On the World Antibiotics week let’s pledge to safely use the antibiotics.
Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections—and they target bacteria—not viruses.
Using antibiotics when they are not the right medicine will not help and may even cause more harm than good.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing the world today according to the world Health Organization, “Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause”.
Simple tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for a safe use of the antibiotics:
- Only use antibiotics as directed by the physician
- Give the medicine exactly as directed.
- Don’t use one child’s antibiotic for a sibling or friend; you may give the wrong medicine and cause harm.
- Keep antibiotics and other prescription medicine in a secure place.
- Dispose leftover antibiotics and other prescription medication.
- Prevent infections by regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with sick people and keeping your vaccinations up to date