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Evidence is rising that taking antibiotics is a bad idea if you don’t really need them. It’s increasingly clear, too, that we are very bad at knowing when we really need them. A worse than average cold, or one that goes on too long, leaves us reaching for a prescription. Doctors bemoan the fact that patients are demanding antibiotics when they have a virus. Not only do antibiotics not treat viruses at all, taking them when you don’t need them can cause antibiotic resistance in bugs you do have.

Studies are showing that taking antibiotics leaves you less responsive to them for at least 12 months – which means that taking them when you don’t need them can lead to them not working when you do.

Last Friday I went to see a GP because I had a persistent sinus infection. I had not seen this particular GP…

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About Karyn @ kloppenmum

kloppenmum is me, Karyn Van Der Zwet, mother of three and ex-teacher. I'm part of a revolution in parenting, with the aim to raise mature (not sophisticated) and self-assured children. I also know some stuff about adults. I have also had articles printed in The Journal for The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Children and Young People) and the US parenting magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, as well I regularly write for World Moms Blog (named as one of the Forbes 100 most useful blogs for women 2012 &2013). You can follow me on facebook (kloppenmum) pinterest (Karyn at Kloppenmum) and twitter (@kloppenmum). I'm also vaguely on LinkedIn (Karyn Van Der Zwet). Thanks to Joe (Mr Hare) for taking the photo. Cheers, son: xxxx.
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