New research has found that antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise on children across America, according to a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
Blood samples were collected from kids aged one to 17, who received any form of inpatient/outpatient care between 1999 and 2012 in 300 hospitals across the US.
According to the results, within those 13 years, the rates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa that were resistant to at least three antibiotics, rose from 15 percent to 26 percent.
“Highly drug-resistant P. Aeruginosa infections leave health care providers with limited - or sometimes no - antibiotic choices available, and these antibiotics are less safe and more toxic in children," co-study author, Dr. Sumanth Gandra from the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, in Washington, D.C., said.
Frighteningly, bacteria found to be resistant to Carbapenems – an antibiotic considered to be a last resort for many – increased from nine to 20 percent.
Officials, according to the MailOnline, are looking at this as a warning that antibiotic-resistance could be a reality in the very near future.
The study found that drug resistance is more common among children in intensive care and those aged 13 to 17.