Parents still insisting on antibiotics for kids

Parents continue to grossly overestimate the benefits of antibiotics to treat acute respiratory infections in their children.

Researchers from Bond University on the Gold Coast say most parents still believe antibiotics provide substantial benefits for conditions such as otitis media, sore throat and cough.

In fact, they overestimate the benefits of the drugs by five to 10 times, their study shows.

This is despite evidence that antibiotics offer only marginal improvements at best.

Lead author Professor Tammy Hoffmann says the study highlights the need for improved communication during primary care visits, including shared decision-making to address over-optimistic expectations of antibiotics.

GPs are continuing to over-prescribe antibiotics, she adds.

The study of 401 parents found many parents believed complications from acute respiratory infections could be avoided by using