Washington: A new research has suggested that antibiotics are not effective in treating cough due to the common cold in children.The study found that when children with acute cough were treated with either antitussive medication or antibiotics, antibiotics alone showed a lower percentage of cough resolution.“In our experience, antibiotics are often prescribed by the general practitioner to treat cough in children, many times to pacify parents,” said lead study author Francesco de Blasio, MD, FCCP, Clinic Center Private Hospital, Naples, Italy. “However, antibiotics show very little effectiveness at treating cough due to your average head cold,” he revealed.To understand how antibiotics were being used in a clinical pediatric setting, Dr. de Blasio and colleagues from the University of Bologna and Dompe SPA in Italy observed the treatment and outcomes of 305 children who required pediatric consultation due to acute cough from the common cold.
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