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Antibiotic Resistance in Young Children

Common drugs don't work for them.

A new study shows that infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are increasing in American children.

The report in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society says that while these bacteria are still rare, they're consistently  found in children of all ages, especially 1 to 5 year olds. That raises concerns about dwindling treatment options

The study's lead author says some infections in children that have typically been treated with oral antibiotics in the past may now require a hospital stay ,  treatment with intravenous drugs, or both.

"These antibiotic-resistant bacteria have traditionally been found in health care settings, but are increasingly being found in the community, in people who have not had a significant history of health care exposure," Dr. Latania K. Logan, lead author of the study said.

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