Pushy parents, meet gutless docs
Know what mainstream doctors and skeletons have in common? You're not likely to find guts in either.
Sure, I'm familiar with the old saying that the customer is always right -- but sometimes you should tell the customer to shut the heck up. Especially when that customer is a pushy parent trying to convince you to prescribe antibiotics their kid doesn't need.
And a new study shows that while pediatricians are being bullied into handing out antibiotics like candy, millions of tykes are being left with the tummy ache of a lifetime.
Researchers studied kids between the ages of 1 and 17 who developed bowel-busting Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections that can cause everything from diarrhea to death. And an astounding 71% of these infections occurred after the kids took antibiotics prescribed by their docs.
This isn't just idiocy, friend, it is idiocy squared. It's bad enough that antibiotics wear down your kid's ability to fight C. diff infections -- but about HALF the time, according to our government's own estimates, kids are being prescribed antibiotics they don't even need!
And more often than not, it's a case of the squeaky wheel... or rather parent... getting the grease. I can't tell you how many times parents bully their doctors into prescribing antibiotic "wonder drugs," all because the docs lack the backbone to say no.
Listen up, moms and dads -- there's a reason you pay your doctor and he doesn't pay you. Ask questions... make sure you're comfortable with his plan to treat your kid... but don't push him into prescribing dangerous drugs that he thinks are a bad idea.
Because when it comes to antibiotics, you need to be awfully careful what you wish for.
Bringing a germ of truth to the antibiotics debate,
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.