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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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Treatment Guides

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. 

Find Treatment Guides HERE. ​


Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer
Answers common questions about kids, colds and antibiotics.

Warning: Unnecessary Antibiotics Can Be Harmful
Explains when antibiotics are useful, and when they're not. Explains how inappropriate use leads to antibiotic resistance and summarizes the dangers involved with treating viral infections with antibiotics.


Fun Stuff

Children's Antibiotic Resistance Activity Kit
An 8-page booklet of coloring sheets and games that teaches children and their parents about antibiotic resistance. Suitable for grades K-3. Size 8.5" x 11".

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