Format: DVD Running time: 17 mins.
The discovery of antibiotics fifty years ago changed the medical world; today, millions of physicians rely on such medication to ease the discomfort of their patients. But are antibiotics being overused? Experience has proven that indiscriminate use of this medication often causes side effects, and can possibly create lethal bacteria that resists further treatment. Understanding Antibiotics encourages viewers to take a hard look at their children's antibiotic use. The program examines the difference between bacteria, which can be treatable by antibiotics, and viruses, which cannot; it also outlines when antibiotics are appropriate for infants and young children. The goal of the program is to educate parents how to avoid jumping to hasty conclusions regarding potential treatment for their kids, and to urge them to be more understanding of their physician's medical recommendations.