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Parents Shouldn't Request Presciptions Unless They're Essential

Prescriptions Aren't Always the Answer

A new study suggests educating parents and doctors can reduce the number of children's prescriptions.

Doctors are concerned that children will build up resistance to bacteria of prescribed too many antibiotics.

Researchers say many doctors are dishing out antibiotics even for the common cold.

The report, in the Medical Journal of Pediatrics, suggests properly informing parents could reduce the number of prescriptions by 20 percent.

Researchers also say that parents shouldn't request antibiotics unless they are essential to the child's recovery.

Online Author: Melissa Schantz

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