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What happens if my child doesn't finish a course of antibiotics?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If your doctor prescribes your child antibiotics or other infection-fighting meds, it's imperative that you finish the dose and not stop early -- even if symptoms subside. Stopping early or taking the wrong amount can help the little buggers develop resistance and avoid treatment next time.
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