New research finds too many antibiotics are still being prescribed

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ROANOKE, Virginia (WSLS) — Toddler Kayden Ibrahim is all smiles now, but his mom says his first year was a challenge because he had seven ear infections.

“We tried the antibiotics then we tried something else. We tried a different strength and that was probably three ear infections later. Then after the fourth one, we were like this is not working,” mother Nour Ibrahim explains.

Aware of the chance for resistance, after the four rounds of antibiotics, she didn’t want to keep giving him medicine.

She says, “It has been exactly a year since the tubes have been put in. A lot of the stuff had went away and got better as soon as the tubes were put in.”

James Black with Carilion Medical Center Pharmacy has seen changes in the way doctors prescribe antibiotics.

He says, “Some of the local doctors, instead of changing to a different antibiotic when one doesn’t work, they will try increasing the strength to see if they get effective treatment that way.”

It also depends on the severity of the illness. A person with pneumonia may be prescribed one of the newer kinds of antibiotics to treat it. If you have something like a sinus infection a doctor may first try an older kind because they don’t want you to build up any kind of resistance to the newer type. Because if you get a more serious illness in the future, it may not be as effective.

Black says, “You can have cases where you have bacteria without an antibiotic to treat it if the resistance increases enough.”

For Nour and Kayden the relief they found without medicine has made days like today more enjoyable for everyone.

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