U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
ZA
A male asked:

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.

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Nov 3, 2019

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.