Are Gp's compromising children's immunity
Gp's are prescribing lower doses of penicillin in fear of giving their patients drug reactions. While nearly all children aged one to five received the recommended dose for their age, 40% of six to 12-year-olds and 70% of 12 to 18-year-olds were given lower doses than those set out in the prescribing manual the British National Formulary for Children.
Another side to this argument would be the rise in MSRA and how prescribing antibiotics to children with ear infections have lead to a rise in this super bug,which was highlighted in a piece written by Ben spencer in the Mail
Ear Infections and Glue Ear
What is it?
Around two thirds of all children in the western world have an ear infection each year, and are the single reason that so many children are prescribed antibiotics that can lead to other problems especially with the gut.
The ear infection is usually in the middle ear which is a small air filled space containing the bones that transmit the vibrations from the ear drum to the inner ear. It is connected to the outside world by a fine tube (the Eustachian tube) that equalises the pressure in the ear. It is protected from infection by a lump of lymph tissue called the Tube Tonsil, but this however can get swollen by infection and block the entrance (the feeling when you can’t clear your ears on a plane). The tube also produces mucous and in certain circumstance such as an imbalanced mucous flora similar to the bowel flora, it can over produce at the same time the tonsils inflame and this results in a tube full of gluey mucous, better known as glue ear.
The conventional treatment is endless antibiotics or a grommet in the ear to drain the fluid, however these are not tackling the root cause.
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