It's OK to ask your child's doctor why he or she is prescribing an antibiotic, or why not, according to Samuels.
"Physicians are your partners," said Samuels. "They're healers and teachers, and parents need to understand the thinking behind a clinical decision. Parents also need to know that every medication can potentially cause an allergic reaction and every medication can have adverse effects. Antibiotics need to be prescribed with great care and thought," she said.
Learn more about appropriate antibiotic use from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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