Our daughter was admitted to KGH this weekend because she refused to eat and drink, had a rising temperature of 40+ and had stopped having wet nappies. After being monitored for hours, a well caught urine sample (which was clear) and a painful blood test (which showed no sign of a Bacterial infection) we were told she potentially had the Flu but we had to wait for swab’s to confirm. The doctor wanted to start her two different antibiotics to which i refused and asked for his reasoning and a second opinion.
Antibiotics can be lifesaving but are only useful for treating bacterial infection’s. Viral diseases like Influenza can not be treated with antibiotics and inappropriate use of them is dangerous and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance. An estimated 30% of the millions of prescriptions written each year are not needed and after suffering a C Diff infection myself i will not let my daughter be put at risk or become a superbug statistic.
Remember the hospital is NOT your home. Antibiotic- resistant bacteria are commonly found in hospitals. Make sure you and your caregivers wash their hands properly and regularly. Upto 70% of healthcare- aquired infections could be prevented by following proper hand hygiene.
Why should you care? Just Take a look at the statistics.
I am sharing this hoping others will realise it is OK to question your Doctor, to prove a bacterial infection is present before starting antibiotic’s and to ask for a second opinion if you are concerned.
Our daughter is still fighting this infection but is at home and hopefully on the road to recovery. She has open access for 72 hour’s and if there is any sign of a secondary infection she will be re admitted and tested for bacterial infection’s.
Seeing your child suffer is heartbreaking and we would do anything to take the pain away but antibiotic’s arn’t a quick fix option and can sometimes cause more servere infection’s which can be harder and sometimes impossible to treat.
#beantibioticaware #advocade #gutsymama #C.differently