use of antibiotics falling

Star, Kimber Shining
July 2005
Mothering;Jul/Aug2005, Issue 131, p27
The article cites that parents who think twice about seeking antibiotics for their sick kids may be part of a growing trend. Between 1996 and 2001, the percentage of children in the U.S. ages 14 and under who used antibiotics for any reason dropped from 39 percent to 29 percent, according to new data from the Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The proportion of children given antibiotics specifically to treat otitis media, or common ear infection, declined from 14.4 percent to 11.5 percent. Also in decline were both the percentage of children reported to have otitis media and the percentage of children whose parents sought treatment for the condition.


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