Should we give our children antibiotics?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Earlier in September, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 23,000 people die each year because of drug resistant bacteria.

The report found that overuse of antibiotics was the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance and that has many as half of the prescriptions are either not needed or not the best course of treatment for the patient.

But do the same issues apply for our children?  Jason Newland, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, appeared on Monday’s FOX 4 Morning Show to talk about antibiotics and if we should give them to our kids.

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