What can we do to stop the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria?
Another new idea is to strengthen the immune systems in people, especially in the very young.
A recent theory in immunology is that over the past 100 years or so, we may have become too aggressive in shielding children from any kind of dirt and bacteria. In turns out that our immune systems needs some training exposure to bacteria, viruses, etc in order to develop properly, especially when we are young. Too much shielding from dirt and grime, and creating highly antiseptic home environments, may be not be good for our immune systems in the long-run. Having a robust and strong immune system can therefore help you to avoid, at least some of the times, when you may really need an antibiotic to treat a really life threatening infection.