1. Self-treatment

It may be caused by overconfidence and irresponsibility of some mums and dads who don’t only treat themselves in such way but also manage to apply the same methods to their children. 

One of the contributing factors enabling this to happen is the flagitious state policy, demonstrating connivance for free circulation of antibacterial drugs.

Please see video “How a doctor chooses what antibiotic to use for a child”


2. Use of antibiotics for treating viral infections for prophylactic purposes

The main problem is that this doesn’t only happen in the course of self-treatment. Apparently, many doctors are convinced that antibiotic therapy is efficient, and this malpractice is widely spread, supported by tolerance shown by the governing authorities engaged in health care.

3. Irrational local application of systemic drugs

Antibiotics intended for systemic use (intramuscularly, intravenously) absolutely should not be used locally (nose drops, ointments, etc).

There are only two exclusions, and in particular otitis also called running ear, and purulent conjunctivitis.

4. Early termination of antibiotic treatment

Normally the following reasoning is used: I feel better, the temperature dropped, why should I swallow more chemicals? The duration of treatment in each relevant case depends on a variety of factors. For instance, from an antimicrobial action mechanism, from its ability to accumulate in particular body organs and tissues. The most efficient treatment time frames reducing the risk of relapse to a minimum have been identified for each infection.


5. Repeated administration of the same antibiotic when similar disease is diagnosed or at relapse

Any repeated use of a medicinal product increases the risk of allergic reaction. It is something to be particularly considered when you are treating children with antibiotics.

If the same illness occurs again soon after the first case, it is absolutely logical to assume that when it (the illness) reoccurred it resulted from those microbes which “survived” after the first treatment, and, consequently, the drug applied earlier becomes ineffective.

6. Non-observance of treatment and dosage rules

There are no uniform rules for antibiotic administration. The frequency of administration fluctuates from one to four times per 24 hours, there are different instructions with regard to compatibility with fool, some drugs are prohibited to be used with milk, and also there are many other points to consider. It often happens that no due attention is paid to questions to a doctor and instruction study, and, expectedly, the treatment is well away from rational and efficient actions.


The mistakes made by parents in antibiotic therapy are not the end of the story! There are some misperceptions which consequently result in errors!

(Перевод на английский язык статьи Е.О. Комаровского «Лечение детей антибиотиками: 6 родительских ошибок» любезно сделан Юлией Хейлетт.)



автор Комаровский Е.О.
опубликовано 04/03/2015 13:02
обновлено 11/06/2015
Болезни и лечение, Лекарства


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