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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
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.