Overuse Is Destroying
Bacteria that resist antibiotics come from three different places.
• Most commonly, children get infected with resistant bacteria that are living on their own bodies. Usually these bacteria live harmlessly on the lining of the nose, throat, or intestines, but sometimes they enter the body and cause serious and occasionally deadly infections. Children who frequently take antibiotics are likely to harbor resistant bacteria.
• Some children eat foods that are covered with bacteria that resist antibiotics.
• Some children are infected by bacteria that resist antibiotics that are imported from other countries.
In this chapter we will discuss how frequent antibiotic use causes bacteria to resist antibiotics and how these bacteria infect our children.
Martin is five years old and has been sick for about two
days. He has had a fever and decreased appetite. Martin's
mother notices that he seems tired, drowsy, and irritable.
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Publication information: Book title: Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent's Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats. Contributors: Paul A. Offit - Author, Bonnie Fass-Offit - Author, Louis M. Bell - Author. Publisher: Wiley. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 26.
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