Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, sore throat, ear infections, laryngitis, and coughs. The majority of these are due to viruses, not bacterial infections. Medical experts agree that the right treatment is not necessarily the immediate prescription of antibiotics.
This measure shows the percent of children in each practice who had an upper respiratory infection and did NOT get an antibiotic. A higher number is better
Why it is important
Having a cold doesn’t always mean your child needs an antibiotic. Very often patients get better by treating symptoms without antibiotics. It’s best to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, because bacteria may develop a resistance to them. This causes antibiotics to become less effective, making it harder to fight a serious infection later.
What you and your doctor should do
Talk about the best treatment plan to ensure that your child gets better with the lowest risk of side effects.