Bacterial infections

If your child has an ear infection, strep throat, pneumonia or a urinary tract infection a bacteria (germ) is often the cause.

Your health care provider will choose the right antibiotic to kill the bacteria. You must use the entire prescription as directed. Your child may need more than one course of the medicine.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016