|When are Antibiotics necessary?|
Antibiotics are useful only against bacterial infections. Most childhood infections, such as colds, flu, most coughs, and most sore throats, are caused by viruses. These viral illnesses are not treatable with antibiotics. Furthermore, if antibiotics are misused or given when unnecessary, our bodies' bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics. This antibiotic resistance has become a serious modern medical dilemma.
In light of this, the Harpeth Pediatrics physicians and caregivers are committed to the judicious use of antibiotics. Practically speaking, we make every attempt to examine children who are infected, correctly diagnose their infection source, and then determine the correct treatment when necessary. In this way we can do our part in controlling our community's antibiotic resistance problem which will lead to healthier kids.