Asthma kid fears
CHILDREN with severe asthma symptoms should not be prescribed antibiotics, according to new medical guidelines.
The recommendations by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians come as specialists warn the overuse of antibiotics to treat asthma was a serious issue and doctors must get “out of the habit”.
Paediatric respiratory specialist and RACP Fellow associate professor Nitin Kapur said the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria was a major concern.
“Antibiotics do not improve symptoms of exacerbation of asthma,” Assoc Prof Kapur told The Sunday Telegraph.
“If you give antibiotics, even short courses or long courses, then there is a worry that antibiotic resistance will develop.”
About one in 10 Australian children have asthma and it is one of the most common reasons they visit GPs.