If your child has a sore throat, cough or runny nose, you might expect the doctor to prescribe antibiotics. But most of the time, children actually don’t need antibiotics to treat these illnesses. In fact, antibiotics can do more harm than good. Here’s why:
Antibiotics do not fight viruses.
Most childhood infections are caused by viruses. Viruses can make your child feel very sick. If your child has a virus, antibiotics will not help your child feel better or keep others from getting sick.