Recent reports of Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that doctors are not prescribing certain antibiotics for children to treat respiratory tract infections as much as they used to do earlier.
Researchers of Vanderbilt University Medical school, who included Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH, reviewed national data to check whether the antibiotic usage trend was declining or not.
The Grijalva’s team found that there was 36% drop in the rate of antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory tract infections among kids younger than 5 years.
This is mainly because of fewer doctor visits by kids with ear infection and a drop in prescriptions of certain antibiotics, such as penicillin and amoxicillin, to treat children’s respiratory tract infections.
However, prescription rates shot up for other antibiotics like azithromycin, quinolones.