Fact check: Can antibiotics easily cure common cough and colds?

Fact check: Can antibiotics easily cure common cough and colds?

- Some parents still give antibiotics to their children to cure simple cough and colds

- However, antibiotics could also cause harmful side effects

- A health expert explained the effects of using antibiotics to cure a viral infection

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There are times that parents give their children antibiotics to easily cure their simple cough and colds.

However, KAMI learned that antibiotics could also bring harm to children.

In DZMM Teleradyo, National Antibiotics Guidelines Committee of Department of Health (DOH) member Dr. Cecilia Maramba Lazarte has given a warning about antibiotics intake.

She explained that coughs and colds are viral, while antibiotics are being taken for bacterial infections.

“Most viral infections, ‘yung coughs and cold, sarili nating immune system ang magpapagaling sa atin. Kahit bigyan mo ng antibiotic, hindi ‘yan magche-change,” Dr. Lazarte said.

“Magkakaroon ng masamang epekto sa isang bata, puwedeng magka-adverse effects o resistance ang ating mga bacteria sa mga antibiotic,” she added.

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Dr. Lazarte also reminded the parents that it will be best to bring their children to the doctor.

“Kailangang ipasuri sa doktor ang anak kung gagaling sa antibiotic,” Dr. Lazarte said.

In a report by health website Mayo Clinic, taking antibiotics for viral infections will not cure the infection, will not prevent others from getting sick, may cause harmful side effects, and could promote antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance happens when a bacterium resists a medication when the bacterium has changed.

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