Do not give kids 'just in case' antibiotics for UTIs, GPs urged

The recommendation is one of five issued as part of the latest Choosing Wisely and Evolve campaigns

Prescribing ‘just in case’ antibiotics to children to prevent a second urinary tract infection is one of five new ‘do not do’ recommendations released under the Choosing Wisely campaign. 

Most UTIs in children can be managed conservatively, and the routine use of prophylactic antibiotics following a first infection is not recommended, says the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN).

Renal specialist and society president Professor Neil Boudville said it was "understandable" doctors and parents would want to prevent a second