Antibiotics in general are over prescribed - that said, an antibiotic prescribed should be taken as chances are more favorable that it is indeed indicated. If left untreated an infection can progress to the point of mortal risk and subsequent opportunistic infections can arise. If it were my child I would want antibiotic coverage. Few antibiotics pose additional risks and are not harsh as you mention. Most antibiotics are metabolized in the kidneys and pose the biggest risk to a geriatric population with diminished renal function (kidney function). Children have extraordinary renal clearance and sometimes need dosing more often as they eliminate drug so quickly thus resulting in subtherapeutic levels. If you are concerned with the taste being harsh - well that can be fixed - ask your pharmacist about cherry flavoring syrup which can be added to improve taste - also refrigerating (cold) can improve taste as well. I hope this helps. And oh by the way I am a pharmacist.
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