Preventative Antibiotic Use Questioned For Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that using antibiotics as a preventative to ward off repeat urinary tract infections in children does not prevent the infections from recurring. In fact, the report says, this practice leads to antibiotic resistant infections that are much more dangerous.
The study, performed at the Childrenâ€™s Hospital Medical Center in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, was based on the records of nearly 700 children. The researchers concluded that as many as 180,000 children in the United States have a urinary tract infection by the age of six and up to 40% of those have backflow problems which can cause a growth of bacteria to remain in the tract.
Lead researcher, Dr. Patrick Conway said, â€œWe found that daily antibiotic treatment was not associated with a decreased risk of recurrent urinary tract infections, but was associated with an increased risk of resistant infections.â€ The authors concluded that pediatricians should discuss the risks and unclear benefits of using preventative antibiotics with families for children with recurrent urinary tract infections.
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