The debate over whether or not to prescribe antibiotics to treat infections continues. This time, research evidence has been presented supporting antibiotics for the treatment of ear infections in children.

Recent research from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Turku in Finland both found positive results for children that had been prescribed Augmentin, versus children treated with a placebo.

As allergy season continues to heat up, the temptation to prescribe antibiotics will grow as well. What’s important to remember, though, is that antibiotics do not discriminate with regard to bacteria. Yes, the bacteria causing the infection are attacked, but so are the good bacteria that keep your lower intestines in check. This is often why many people who take antibiotics experience gastrointestinal ailments such as diarrhea.

If you are taking an antibiotic, it is advisable to take also take a probiotic. This will help to replenish the good bacteria that are being attacked by the antibiotic. In essence, you are helping to protect yourself against the unwanted digestive side effects that are often accompanied by antibiotics.