AAP Guidance: Pediatric Antibiotic Prescribing, Refusal of Treatment on Religious Grounds

November 27, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) promote the judicious use of antibiotics for children’s ear infections, sinus infections, and sore throats. Principles for judicious prescribing include applying stringent diagnostic criteria to ensure that the infection is bacterial, weighing the benefits and harms of antibiotic therapy, and understanding situations when antibiotics may not be indicated. “Our medicine cabinet is nearly empty of antibiotics to treat some infections,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, who is quoted in a November 14, 2013, CDC press release about AAP’s guidelines.

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