Providing parents with information
about the minimal benefits from antibiotics is one thing, but most
parents are looking for something positive that they can do for their
Giving parents a positive message, reinforcing what they are
doing that is likely to help, discouraging things that may be harmful,
and giving advice on other things they can do, can all go a long way to
make parents feel more in control (and help the child feel more
Try to reinforce the fact that the child’s own immune
system is their best source of defence, and that they can help their
child fight the infection by following a healthy lifestyle.
Other advice (which is found on page six of the booklet), can be highlighted or discussed as appropriate.
The following video clip demonstrates a discussion of the self-help section.