Antibiotics & Bacterial Flora
Children are more sensitive to antibiotic treatments than adults are, as their microbiota colonies are still developing. This makes them more vulnerable. 2
Children Struggle to Rebalance Bacteria
This is especially true when those bacteria were reduced by antibiotics. It takes a young body a substantial amount of time to replenish the lost colonies, leaving a large window of vulnerability for a gut disorder to set in. 5
Viral Prescription Medications
Antibiotics can only work against bacterial infections. They are, however, often used to treat viral infections, but they are ineffective against those. This can be unnecessarily harmful to the intestines. 3
Symptoms of Antibiotic-Related Gut Disorders in Children
Children are more sensitive to antibiotic treatments than adults are. 6 Common occurrences include:
Diarrhoea is common in children during antibiotic treatments, because of their effect on the gut microbiome. Kids experiencing this need to drink sufficient water to prevent dehydration. 8
How to Prevent Antibiotics from Affecting Your Child
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to try to protect the body of your child when it is undergoing antibiotic treatment.
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