Cough & cold so­lu­tion

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WHAT a child with a cough and cold will need to re­cover in most cases is time and rest, along with over-the-counter pain re­lief med­i­ca­tions if re­quired, ac­cord­ing to NPS MedicineWise med­i­cal ad­viser Dr An­drew Boy­den.

He was re­spond­ing to re­search re­leased by the in­de­pen­dent non-profit agency to co­in­cide with World An­tibi­otic Aware­ness Week tak­ing place 13-17 Nov.

The study col­lated a sur­vey of over 1,000 re­spon­dents, find­ing close to one third of par­ents de­mand an­tibi­otics of their GP.

“A typ­i­cally healthy child’s im­mune sys­tem is pow­er­ful and will clear up most com­mon in­fec­tions on its own... it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that an­tibi­otics are not the an­swer to all in­fec­tions.

“Tak­ing an­tibi­otics when they aren’t needed in­creases the like­li­hood of re­sis­tance de­vel­op­ing,” Boy­den warned.

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