Perri Klass, M.D. writes the “18 And Under” blog for The New York Times:

I should start by saying as clearly as I can that I love antibiotics. Recently I had dinner with a pediatrician friend, and she told me the story of the day’s sickest child. Before she sent the child to the emergency room in an ambulance, she told me, she gave her 50 milligrams per kilogram of ceftriaxone, a powerful antibiotic.

“You probably saved her life,” I said, and my friend nodded; it was possible.

Dr. Klass reviews topics (discussed here on The PediaBlog) regarding the development of antibiotic resistance from inappropriate antibiotic use, as well as the possible link between antibiotic use and the development of obesity, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.  Her post reinforces our belief that antibiotics should be used carefully and judiciously.

Read Perri Klass’s blog post here: