A Better Way to Treat Your Child's Infections

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By Molly Clifton

Doctors studying children with fevers say they have figured out how to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections.

Researchers in Saint Louis were able to accurately tell the difference 90 percent of the time by analyzing the gene activity of the children’s blood samples.

It is hard to know whether a virus or a bacterial infection is to blame for a child’s illness.

So, doctors often prescribe antibiotics just in case, even though the drugs do not work against viruses and overprescribing them can lead to antibiotic resistance.



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