Antibiotics of no benefit in kids with uncomplicated LRTI: study

The duration of illness was similar in those with antibiotics as with placebo, reveals UK general practice trial

Children with lower respiratory tract infections have similar severity and duration of symptoms whether they receive antibiotics or not, according to a new UK general practice study.

The researchers randomised 432 children aged six months to 12 years who presented in primary care with acute uncomplicated lower respiratory infections (LRTI) to receive amoxicillin 50 mg/kg per day or an oral suspension placebo for seven days.

The median duration of moderately bad or worse symptoms was similar with