A top British health official,
has stated that,
antibiotic resistant germs,
now pose a “catastrophic threat”.
Why am I telling you?
Because we are the people causing this to happen.
From the moment we have our baby,
we worry about “germs”.
Antibacterial wipes for every surface,
We see danger everywhere.
Soothers, bottles, teats, cups, teething rings.
We even try to ensure our babies bums are clean.
A feat at odds with nature!
Despite all our efforts,
our babies get sick.
The high temperature,
The runny nose,
the sore ear,
the sore throat.
The cough that has gone on for days.
The crying and disturbed sleeps.
Most parents rush to the doctor,
at the first sign of a fever.
It’s an emergency.
Our baby is “sick”.
Lethargic, miserable, irritable, in pain.
We queue up, sometimes for quite some time,
to be told,
the life threatening emergency,
is a sore ear.
But, the doctor tells us,
It’s very nasty!
Once we hear this,
we are sure,
an antibiotic is essential.
But was it?
Printed on the Mayo Clinic Website,
are a list of common viruses which,
should not be treated by antibiotics.
Most ear infections
Most sore throats
Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)
The infections which can and should be treated by antibiotics are,
Many wound and skin infections, such as staph infections
Severe sinus infections that last longer than 2 weeks
Some ear infections
But surely the doctor knows best?
We trust our doctors.
However many doctors feel pressurized,
into prescribing an antibiotic.
One of the reasons given is “patient expectation”.
Parents are both working,
A sick child means time off work.
The GP feels obligated to prescribe.
I know also of many GPs, who always give antibiotics,
to every patient with a sore ear or sore throat.
I have freinds who have changed GPs,
because they were not inclined to give antibiotics!
My very unofficial study into the benefits of antibiotics,
has been based on my own family.
We have a reasonable standard of living,
and eat a relatively healthy diet.
A point worth noting is the last two children,
do not eat any fruit except an apple,
and veg to them is tinned corn!
However my results are,
My eldest has had no antibiotic for 17 years,
My son for 14 yrs
My daughter has never had an antibiotic She is 16 years old,
My youngest aged 11 had her first this year for a strep throat.
Am I just very lucky?
No I am not very lucky.
They get sick like everyone else.
I just give them symptom relieving medicine,
and wait for them to get better.
Admittedly sometimes “anxiously” wait.
The upside of all this,
is that now they are older,
they are very rarely sick.
I often wonder is this because,
they have over time,
built their own bug busting army,
not an imported one out of a bottle.
Why should we care?
There are more and more antibiotic resistant bugs emerging.
We are very close,
to returning to a pre antibiotic world.
Imagine a time in the near future,
when your child may become sick,
and no medicine can cure them?
You watch as the bug,
This is a very real possibility.
What can we do?
Parents are sourcing organic food,
and trying hard to ensure the good health of their children.
I am just suggesting that if your child is sick,
Look at the list.
Ask yourself “Is an antibiotic really necessary”.
“Your cold will last seven days,
but with this antibiotic you’ll be better in a week!”