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Alegna, it is my personal understanding that any antibiotic use carries with it the risk of contributing to resistance. However, completing a full course of an appropriate antibiotic as directed does not or should not increase the chances of contributing resistance over the basal risk. I'm sorry, I wasn't very clear in making that statment.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/

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Much evidence supports the view that the total consumption of antimicrobials is the critical factor in selecting re*sistance.
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I am not saying it's "right" but I can understand where OP is coming from. My DS was "diagnosed" with pneumonia 5 times before he was 2, but the diagnosis was only ever by a doc listening to his chest and prescribing abx. 4 of the 5 times I took him to the doc were only to get a note for work, not b/c he seemed particularly sick, and we never ended up giving the abx. (The one time he seemed particularly sick - the first time - after the walk in doc said he had pneumonia and we should give abx I went to the ER, where the doc said not to give him the abx prescribed and sent us home saying he just had a cold). It is hard to know what to do.

To the posters response to my earlier post:
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Are you saying your children are generally healthy? Because this makes me think that their immune systems are not working as they should be.
Yes, they are generally healthy. Not sure what you mean. DS is in daycare and puts EVERYTHING in his mouth so I'm sure his immune system was getting bombarded. He recovered within 24 hours of being "diagnosed" (without blood test/chest xray) so I'm assuming his immune system is fine?

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My 2 year old was diagnosed with pneumonia two more times this past winter
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Two more times this past winter? As in, they have had pneumonia multiple times in their life and two times in one winter?
He was "diagnosed" 3 times last winter, and twice this past winter by walk in docs - prescribed abx each time with no tests. The first time, we were sent to the ER where they said (after just listening to his chest) that he did NOT have pneumonia, said no abx, sent us home. The other times, we took him home, no abx, and he was better by the next day. I am not convinced he ever actually HAD pneumonia as the ER doc said he didn't and we never gave abx and he always recovered within 24 hours of these "diagnoses" by walk-in docs. Maybe he did and we are lucky, but now I understand why they don't take the "wait and see" approach...I'll probably be more careful in the future. I just thought they were overreacting. Again, I only took him to the doc to get a note, not because I thought he was very sick - seemed like every time he presented with a cough, they said he had pneumonia...

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My chiropractor says that MDs are not generally used to breast-fed babies who are not vaccinated and who generally have strong immune systems, so they tend to over-prescribe abx.

I can not see a child with a strong immune system getting pneumonia this often.
Again, I'm not convinced he actually had pneumonia, even though this was their "diagnosis" and prescription, they never did chest xrays or blood tests, just listened to his chest. He has had 5 chest colds in the last 2 years. Being in daycare from 9months+ he is much healthier than any of the kids at his daycare.
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