Asthma kid fears

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - MI­RANDA WOOD

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.

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