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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it a bad idea to give an infant (1 year old) antibiotics for a cold? i feel like a cold is a minor thing and may be good to build immunity.

2 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Kelber
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Dont us antibiotics: The common cold is caused by a virus. Antibiotics have no activity against viruses. There is no reason, and there may be some harm, in using antibiotics for viral infections.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Yes: If the baby truly has a viral illness then antibiotics are unnecessary and also potentially harmful in many ways, not the least of which being thinning of your wallet.
Last updated Nov 2, 2016

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