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Do you think having antibiotics blocks a child's body from learning how to fight against the bacteria naturally?

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In brief: Sometimes.

That's one of the reasons we don't give antibiotics for all bacterial infections, only for ones likely to cause harm to the child.

In brief: Sometimes.

That's one of the reasons we don't give antibiotics for all bacterial infections, only for ones likely to cause harm to the child.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Not really

Antibiotics are only of real need or benefit to treat problems the immune system won't fix.
You would never omit antibiotics when a meningitis would otherwise kill the kid in days. You might for a middle ear infection that could self heal with immune system help in 6 -8 weeks, but would you really want them to be in pain that long.

In brief: Not really

Antibiotics are only of real need or benefit to treat problems the immune system won't fix.
You would never omit antibiotics when a meningitis would otherwise kill the kid in days. You might for a middle ear infection that could self heal with immune system help in 6 -8 weeks, but would you really want them to be in pain that long.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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