Warning on antibiotics for UTIs in children

MANAGEMENT of UTIs in children should include an ‘antibiotic history’ covering the previous six months, researchers warn after research which shows high levels of resistance could scupper common first-line treatments.

In a global study including Australian children, UK researchers found that resistance to ampicillin was by far the most likely out of all the antibiotics they studied, with resistance persisting for six months after treatment.

In OECD countries, the pooled prevalence for resistance to ampicillin was 53.4%, co-trimoxazole 30.2%, trimethoprim 23.6%, co-amoxiclav 8.2%