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October 28, 1998

Antibiotics for Children With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1399-1402. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-16-jbk1028

To the Editor.—In light of the findings by Dr Nyquist and colleagues1 that 46% of children with the diagnostic label of URI received antibiotics, Dr Schwartz and colleagues,2 in their Editorial, ask why physicians continue to prescribe antibiotics for children with URIs. We believe that the propensity to prescribe antibiotics may, in part, be because of a belief that antibiotics are effective in reducing complications from URI, particularly otitis media or pneumonia.

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