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Test your health IQ: What won't antibiotics cure?

Test your health IQ: What won't antibiotics cure?


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Question: Which types of childhood illnesses can't be treated with antibiotics?

a. Severe colds, flu, and other viruses
b. Ear, sinus, and other bacterial infections
c. Both types of illnesses

Answer: A

Colds, flu, and ailments such as fifth disease are caused by viruses — against which antibiotics are absolutely powerless. So pressing your baby's doctor for antibiotics when he has a cold or the flu — even a terrible one that's making him miserable — will do nothing to cure him (only time and plenty of rest will accomplish that). Antibiotics won't help him feel better, either, or keep him from passing on the illness.


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