Safe Antibiotic Use & Child Care
Child and day care centers are a common place for viruses and bacterial infections where germs pass easily among children and providers, primarily because personal contact in these settings is very common and difficult to control.
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Does it seem like it's always cold and flu season for the kids you care for?
Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections, however antibiotic use is so common (sometimes inappropriately prescribed) in infants and toddlers that child care centers are often ideal settings for drug-resistant strains of bacteria to surface.
It is important for childcare providers and parents alike to know that antibiotics do not work for viruses that cause colds or the flu. When battling a cold or flu consult one of the following treatment guides. Click the links below to view each guide.
Treatment guides were created by Oregon AWARE and the Oregon Health Authority.