This drug reduces the child's immunity even for half a year. It is often rewritten!

This drug reduces the child's immunity even for half a year. It is often rewritten!

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Frequent children's illness is the norm today. Many parents, not only in Poland, complain of recurrent infections. We are used to permanent catarrh in children, constant coughing, skin changes, problems with defecation, constipation or diarrhea. We are afraid of bacteria and viruses that are waiting for children everywhere. We are tired of continuous drug administration, going to doctors, taking sick days. No wonder we want it all to end so badly. And we often ask for something that will quickly help the child. Then we usually get a prescription for this medicine ...

Antibiotics - a few words of introduction

Antibiotics were invented in 1928. It is believed that it has saved 100 million lives since World War II.

The problem is not the presence of antibiotics on the market, but the frequency of their use.

Most childhood (and not only) infections are caused by viruses (estimated to be 70%). Antibiotic treatment is not effective.

For example, many pediatricians cannot conceive of ear infection or bronchitis treatment without antibiotics. Meanwhile, the latest indications are clear - in the case of children over 2 years of age having otitis, close observation is indicated. In 8 out of 10 cases, antibiotics can be avoided. Why so important? Because the administration of antibiotics leads to unpleasant health consequences. Primarily disrupts the functioning of the intestines in the period when a small person is most exposed to the negative influence of external factors.

Like a candy that will help with everything

In Poland, antibiotics are served like candies. They are prescribed for almost every prolonged infection. Most often without checking what the child is really up to. Due to cost savings, no smears are made, it is not investigated whether / and which bacterium caused the infection. As a rule, just in case an antibiotic is to be given which is to work, if bacterial superinfection would occur. Often, before bacteria really have a chance to attack! In other words, it works preventively, just in case where vigilance and interference would be sufficient when the situation changed for the worse. Theoretically, one could applaud this precautionary approach, but there are plenty of problems associated with it ... and the consequences of administering one antibiotic after another.

General purpose drug

Antibiotics are usually administered orally, in this way the drug works not only locally, where the inflammation develops, but on the whole body, by the way knocking out good bacteria in the intestines, which are responsible for the proper functioning of the immune system. It is the intestines that are responsible for 2/3 of the immunity. The whole lymph tissue present in the digestive system (so-called GALT - gut associated lymphoid tissue) is almost 70 percent of the human immune system. Having a diverse and balanced bacterial forum is the key to our children's health.

It takes over a year to restore the bacterial flora

How long does the child have reduced immunity after antibiotic therapy? The optimistic version maintains that half a year. So much is needed to rebuild bacterial flora with great efforts.

In turn, scientists from the University of Helsinki believe that the recovery time is much longer and lasts at least a year. The most difficult situation occurs when a child receives an antibiotic several times in one season. Immunity is very low then, so one disease develops after another, which again requires the administration of antibiotics.

And in the long run ...

Antibiotics disrupt the internal balance, lead to inflammation. It is now known that after antibiotic therapy, especially repeated several times in young children, the risk of developing type I diabetes, metabolic diseases and even cancer increases. In addition, antibiotics taken in childhood increase the risk of developing asthma and obesity.

Scientists have proved that frequent administration of macrolides antibiotics leads to long-term changes in bacterial flora in children and deterioration of the functioning of the immune system for life.

Antibiotics - all evil?

According to WHO, over 40% of antibiotics prescribed to children are exaggerated as a result of misdiagnosis. That is why it is so important to find a good doctor who does not assign antibiotics with a light hand.

It is worth looking not only at the short-term benefits of antibiotic therapy, but also the long-term risks. Both those affecting the child's health and those resulting from the immunization of bacteria with drugs.


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