(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to fight bacterial infections. But if used improperly, the bacteria they are meant to kill can become resistant.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for safe antibiotic use:
- Use the medicine exactly as directed.
- Make sure the recipient takes the entire course of antibiotics, even if the person is feeling better before the dose is finished.
- Never give someone an antibiotic that was prescribed for another person or for an earlier illness.
- Ask the doctor if the recipient should be seen by the doctor again after all of the antibiotic is taken to make sure the infection has cleared up.
- If the recipient hasn't gotten better after taking the full course of antibiotics, be sure to let your doctor know.
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