How long should I wait before I ask for an antibiotic?
How long will my infection last?
Cough or bronchitis 3 weeks
Common cold 2 weeks
Sore throat 7-8 days
Middle ear infection 3-4 days
Sinusitis 2 weeks
Flu 2 weeks
Nasal congestion 2 weeks
Higher risk groups
You are at a higher risk of infection and more likely to need an antibiotic if you are
Over 75yrs old
Baby <72 hours old or at high risk of developing infection (premature, hole in the heart)
Have an existing illness:
Insulin controlled diabetes
Weak immune system
Please insist on an appointment if you have a temperature, feel unwell and fall into any of the above categories.
These leaflets are helpful in deciding whether you or your child needs to see a GP
And when to see the doctor…worrying symptoms
When should I worry about my child?
Available in other languages
The ‘When Should I Worry?’ booklet provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections such as coughs, colds, sore throats and ear aches in children. It is designed to be shared in consultations.