Children's Antibiotics

Use of antibiotics in children has decreased, study finds

May 31, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There is good news in the area of public education. Education for patients as well as physicians. 

According to new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on a study using data from over 38,000 children as part of the national health and examination survey, the use of antibiotics in children has decreased in the past 10 years. 

A decade ago, there was definite concern about the overuse of antibiotics and community settings usually for the treatment of viral illnesses when they weren't necessary. 

But this finding suggests that public education efforts are working. The use of antibiotics in children and adolescents decreased from 8.4% back in 2002 to 4.5% just a year ago. 

The biggest decrease was found in children who are under 2 years of age. 

This doesn't mean that all of the work is done. We must reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics as much as possible, but at least this shows that we are making progress.