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When would an antibiotic be necessary in a child, my son is 3yrs old and never had one. he gets the common runny nose and wet cough which i treat with allecet and flu pain if he has a mild fever.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A treatable illness: Fever is a natural body response to illness that increases heart rate to push the bodies white cells and antibodies around faster to fight illness. By itself it can be ignored and doesn't require antibiotics. If a kid has an identified bacterial illness that would benefit from an antibiotic it would be justified.

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Last updated Nov 3, 2019

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