Many parents and carers overestimate the power of antibiotics
There are many misconceptions about the benefit of antibiotics. Many parents in Australia believe antibiotics will benefit colds, sore throats and associated symptoms caused by respiratory tract infections.
As a result, parents may too often expect antibiotics for coughs, earaches and sore throats when they are not recommended, and overuse of these medicines can cause more harm than good.
Studies have shown that antibiotics have no or limited benefit for colds and coughs and can cause side effects.