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Australian infants prescribed 'concerning' levels of antibiotics -

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A study by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute shows Australian babies are prescribed more antibiotics than children in many other comparable countries.

The research examined the health records of 660 children who are part of the Barwon Infant Study in Victoria.

It found 50 per cent were given at least one course of antibiotics before they turned one.

Researchers say it's a tricky and nuanced issue, but the findings should prompt a more considered approach to prescribing antibiotics.


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Peter Vuillermin, Professor of Paediatrics, Deakin University