New Horizons for Pediatric Antibiotic Stewardship

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Sep;29(3):503-11. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2015.05.003. Epub 2015 Jul 4.


Antibiotic resistance remains a major health threat and the overuse of antimicrobials contributes to this serious problem. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are effective in decreasing the inappropriate use of antimicrobials. The development of pediatric ASPs is increasing and these programs have proven effective in optimizing antimicrobial use in children. The value of ASPs is gaining recognition and the expansion of stewardship into additional health care settings is expected. Collaborative efforts are underway among pediatric ASPs to enhance best practices and develop efficient and effective strategies to minimize unnecessary antimicrobial use in children.

Keywords: Antimicrobial resistance; Antimicrobial stewardship; Pediatrics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Drug Utilization / standards*
  • Drug Utilization Review
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents