Tips for parents

Parents - particularly those insured through Medicaid - continue to have misconceptions about the use of antibiotics in children, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the last two decades, doctors have been purposely prescribing fewer antibiotics for children because they are ineffective against viruses and can lead to more resistant germs.

The study found that more parents understood that green nasal discharge did not require antibiotics in 2013 compared with 2000, but this increase was smaller among Medicaid-insured.

For more information about when antibiotics are appropriate for children, see the Academy's guide at healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Antibiotic-Prescriptions-for-Children.aspx.

It also offers tips on properly using the medicine when its prescribed, healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Guidelines-for-Antibiotic-Use.aspx.