Respiratory Tract Infections in children

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Patel,S and Munro, A. Respiratory Tract Infections in children, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2019. Available at:

Emily is a 2 year old girl brought to the emergency department with her mum, following two days of fever and poor intake. She has a temperature of 39°C and looks a little unhappy, but has no red flags for sepsis. On examination of her throat you see she has enlarged, red tonsils bilaterally with exudate. Her examination is otherwise normal. Should you prescribe her antibiotics?