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3 year old took a big swig of his augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) suspension while I was preparing his medicine cup. Could this possibly cause any serious issue?

3 year old took a big swig of his augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) suspension while I was preparing his medicine cup. Could this possibly cause any serious issue?

Unlikely: At the most, some of these kids will develop vomiting and or diarrhea, which is occasionally seen with normal doses of the drug. It is not toxic like an overdose of a pain med might be. ...Read more

Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


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My 3 year old son is 32pounds and was given amoxicillin 400mg/5ml 100ml to take 5ml twice a day for strep. Take all&finish. Isn't the dosage too much

No, that dose is: Fine. There is a dosing range depending on the child's weight, which is 40-80 mg/kg/day. He is 14.5 kg, so this dose is 55mg/kg/day, which is perfectly fine. ...Read more

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My 3 year old was given Amoxicillin 400 mg for an ear ache, I have a 7 month old that just started developing an ear ache. Can I give him some?

My 3 year old was given Amoxicillin 400 mg for an ear ache, I have a 7 month old that just started developing an ear ache. Can I give him some?

Earache: How can you tell if your 7 mos old has earache? If he cries & touches his ear, he could be teething, having actual earache or sore throat. It is not good to share medications, if he is febrile or acting sick take him to his pediatrician. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter started amoxicillin at 8:30pm sunday night for strep throat. It is now 11am Tuesday and she still has a fever. Is this normal?

It happens: We know the strep germ is universally sensitive (killed) by amoxicillin, so it is a good drug. You also play catch up to the well established illness, and it can take time to get rid of fever or other symptoms. There is also the possibility that the kid has a co-infection with a virus that adds to the problem and is not influenced by the drug. Give it a little more time. ...Read more

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How long will it take for amoxicillin to work for my 3 year olds tonsillitis?

How long will it take for amoxicillin to work for my 3 year olds tonsillitis?

Varies: Usually within 7 to 10 days, improvement should be seen earlier than that... ...Read more

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My nice is 3 years old was given dosage of amoxicillin 400 mg 5ml 10.7 ml every 12 hours, but another dr told me 7ml every 8 hours. Wich one is?

My nice is 3 years old was given dosage of amoxicillin 400 mg 5ml 10.7 ml every 12 hours, but another dr told me 7ml every 8 hours. Wich one is?

Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin is typically dosed twice daily, but has historically been dosed three times per day. The total dosage of both frequencies mentioned is essentially the same, and either would likely produce the same result. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old (34 pounds), was prescribed to take 12 MLS of AMOXICILLIN 250 MG/5 ML SUSP twice a day for 10 days. Is this accurate? Or seem too much?

My 3 yr old (34 pounds), was prescribed to take 12 MLS of AMOXICILLIN 250 MG/5 ML SUSP twice a day for 10 days. Is this accurate? Or seem too much?

Amoxil (amoxicillin) dose range: The usual dose of Amoxil (amoxicillin) for active bacterial infection in children is generally dosed at 45-90 mg/kg in two divided doses. Your child's dose is just below the highest recommended amount. ...Read more

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3yr old had strep 2.5mos ago was treated with amoxicilin now is on amoxicilin for scarlet fevr is that safe. He feels better. Will he avoid complictns?

3yr old had strep 2.5mos ago was treated with amoxicilin now is on amoxicilin for scarlet fevr is that safe. He feels better. Will he avoid complictns?

Yes: Scarlet fever is another form of strep a infection & the germ is universally sensitive (killed) by the penicillin drugs (including amoxicillin). Re-use of the medication after 2.5mo does not create problems. Initiation of the meds within 9 days of the first symptoms of strep prevents the secondary risk of rheumatic fever or heart /neurologic issues. Early rx may not interrupt all kidney issues. ...Read more

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What is the correct ml dosage of ic amoxicillin 250mg/5ml suspension for a 3yr old that weighs 29lbs?

What is the correct ml dosage of ic amoxicillin 250mg/5ml suspension for a 3yr old that weighs 29lbs?

Check with doctor: Though there are standard dosages for infants and children based on weight regarding antibiotics it is best to check with the prescribing pediatrician since they may not be following those numbers strictly depending upon the situation & severity of infection being treated. It may be an error to simply follow a number based on weight unless you know that you're in step with the doctor's plans. ...Read more

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What is a normal dosage of amoxicillin for a 3 yr old child weighing 28 lbs?

What is a normal dosage of amoxicillin for a 3 yr old child weighing 28 lbs?

40 mg/ pound: The dosage can vary but Amoxicillin is very safe at low and high doses. The general dose is 40 to 80 mg per kilo, usually divided 2 times per day. ...Read more

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3yr old on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 2days for scarlet fever has not have bowel movement in 5 days. How much prune juice is safe to give and what else to do?

3yr old on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 2days for scarlet fever has not have bowel movement in 5 days. How much prune juice is safe to give and what else to do?

Prune juice fine: You can use 1-2 oz of full strength prune juice 1-2x daily for 2-3 days to get a 3yo kid moving. It's likely the minimal intake has slowed things down. It may take 2-3 days to see the juice work. Increase other fluids & work with it. ...Read more

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Me, my 10 mth & 3yr old got sick 4 wks ago. I had amoxicillin, biaxcin & ventalin. They had cedefner & 2nebulizer meds. Can't get rid of mucas cough.

Me, my 10 mth & 3yr old got sick 4 wks ago. I had amoxicillin, biaxcin & ventalin. They had cedefner & 2nebulizer meds. Can't get rid of mucas cough.

Lingering Cough: It is not uncommon after a significant respiratory infection for the cough to linger. For you and the 3 year old Delsym (dextromethorphan) twice daily might help you feel more comfortable. You all should be reevaluated to be sure, there is nothing else going on. ...Read more

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My almost 3 yr old has the start of pneumonia is on amoxil (amoxicillin) can my almost 2 yr old get it? Is pneumonia contagious

My almost 3 yr old has the start of pneumonia is on amoxil (amoxicillin) can my almost 2 yr old get it? Is pneumonia contagious

Not necessarily: But the organism causing the pneumonia may be contagious, even though it does not cause pneumonia in the sibling. Pneumonia just means that an infection has spread to the air spaces in the lungs. The same bacteria or virus could limit itself to the upper respiratory tract in another child. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep throat friday and given amoxicillin. I now have what appears to be impetigo. Now 3yr old daughter with fever? What to do?

I was diagnosed with strep throat friday and given amoxicillin. I now have what appears to be impetigo. Now 3yr old daughter with fever? What to do?

Seek Treatment: Household members related to a patient with strep throat have higher risk to catch the same. Daughter needs to be evaluated today. Your impetigo also needs a culture. Urgent care clinic should be able to accommodate both of you, if your doctor is not available on weekend. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have serum sickness without presence of fever? (3 yr old, onset 12 days after starting amoxicillin, itchy rash and swollen joints)

Is it possible to have serum sickness without presence of fever? (3 yr old, onset 12 days after starting amoxicillin, itchy rash and swollen joints)

Usually not possible: fever is present in almost all cases, could there be exceptions, yes, but also it could be something else other than serum sickness, hard to make a diagnosis or suggest treatment on this platform, you need to see her doctor or a doctor who can guide you well, ? Order some lab tests and imaging studies after careful history and physical exam, good luck ...Read more

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My 3 yr old twin boys were prescribed augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for what the doctor says in a sinus infection. Is it possible for them to have that at this age?

My 3 yr old twin boys were prescribed augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for what the doctor says in a sinus infection. Is it possible for them to have that at this age?

Yes: Yes, they have sinuses too. They can also get infected. Best wishes. This reminds me of a funny comic drawing of a baby as having only two glands, the giant drool gland in the head and the giant poop gland in their abdomen. Certainly by the age of three the drool gland has receded and there's enough sinus airspace to become problematic :). ...Read more

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Hello. We have 4 kids, ages 5, 3, 1.5, and 8weeks. 5 yo and 1.5yo are on Amoxicillin and Cefdiner for ear infections. 3 yo on tobramycin for double pink eye. Now 1.5 yo and 8 week old have same symptoms as 3 yo with pink eye. Is it safe to give them tob

Hello. We have 4 kids, ages 5, 3, 1.5, and 8weeks. 5 yo and 1.5yo are on Amoxicillin and Cefdiner for ear infections. 3 yo on tobramycin for double pink eye. Now 1.5 yo and 8 week old have same symptoms as 3 yo with pink eye. Is it safe to give them tob

Mgt: Conjunctivitis or pink eye is very contagious. I would recommend that your two month old see your pediatrician. At this age infection may spread more easily to other areas and they also may have different susceptibility. Your 18 month old probably has the same infection and can start the Tobramycin drops, but each child should have their own dispenser. ...Read more

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Is 80mg/kg/day amoxicillin too high for a 35lbs 3yo kid to treat strep throat? I read 20-50mg/kg/day is the usual, wondering if mistake made on Rx.

Is 80mg/kg/day amoxicillin too high for a 35lbs 3yo kid to treat strep throat? I read 20-50mg/kg/day is the usual, wondering if mistake made on Rx.

No: Although the doc may have just written what s/he usually does for an ear infection, there is no problem with this dosage. Strep is killed relatively easier by this med than some of the germs of otitis, but the extra in no way hurts the kid. ...Read more

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3 yo is on amoxicillin for strep, 5 days now. But she has lesions that look like hand, foot, mouth. Do I keep giving her the antibiotics?

3 yo is on amoxicillin for strep, 5 days now. But she has lesions that look like hand, foot, mouth. Do I keep giving her the antibiotics?

Confirmed strep?: If the strep was confirmed by office testing before treatment, you should finish treatment. If your treatment source looked at the throat and just treated assuming it was strep, call them and discuss your options. A kid can have both illnesses at the same time and finishing the antibiotic would not hurt the course of hfm. ...Read more

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3 yo was on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for ear inf 3 weeks later got strep throat now takes cefdinir will he always need strong antibiotics now or can take amox again?

3 yo was on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for ear inf 3 weeks later got strep throat now takes cefdinir will he always need strong antibiotics now or can take amox again?

Yes: It is common to treat with a broad spectrum med if a kid with strep had a penicillin drug within a month. The idea is that existing germs were not removed so different would likely work better. After a month or two, the germs in/on the body have changed out multiple times and the simple works again. You don't get "resistant" to simple antibiotics as a person, some germs do. ...Read more

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3yo has tubes and ear infection 3 wks. On augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for wk and when she sometimes swallows she starts screaming her ear hurts. Has runny nose?

3yo has tubes and ear infection 3 wks. On augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for wk and when she sometimes swallows she starts screaming her ear hurts. Has runny nose?

Earache: You should bring your child to an ENT doctor to examine the status of her ear tubes. They may or may not be functioning. Colds are usually associated with sore throats and can lead to referred pain to the ears! ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter, who weighs 50 lbs has a UTI. She is on amoxicillin 250mg/5ml. She gets 9ml three times daily. Is this correct dosage for her?

My 8 year old daughter, who weighs 50 lbs has a UTI. She is on amoxicillin 250mg/5ml. She gets 9ml three times daily. Is this correct dosage for her?

Adequate: It may seem a lot because your using a less concentrated med, but this is the proper dose for a UTI using this med. ...Read more

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6 year old boy with white on his tonsils, very high fever for 3 days. Used three doses of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 600, 6 ml and still there is fever. Help?

6 year old boy with white on his tonsils, very high fever for 3 days. Used three doses of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 600, 6 ml and still there is fever. Help?

Follow-up: There are many causes of exudative pharyngitis (sort throat, white spots on tonsils). One common cause is strep throat. If this were strep throat, your son should be better. Several viruses that can also cause exudative pharyngitis. Occasionally, pharyngitis may be associated with an abscess that may not be effectively treated with oral antibiotics. You should call your doctor for follow-up. ...Read more

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How much amoxicillin at 400mg can I give a five year old?

How much amoxicillin at 400mg can I give a five year old?

Not age based: The dose is not based on age, but on weight and condition being treated. Some conditions require a small dose of just 25mg/kg of body weight, while others require 90mg/kg of body weight. You should not be self dosing a 5 year old. That's what your pediatrician is for - their expertise determines what dose your child needs for their specific condition and body weight. ...Read more

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Hi, My 5 year old was prescribed to take 11ml of amoxicillin twice a day (400mg/5ml). He is 43 lbs and I feel like that's too much.

Hi, My 5 year old was prescribed to take 11ml of amoxicillin twice a day (400mg/5ml). He is 43 lbs and I feel like that's too much.

Sounds right: A 5 year old who is 43 lbs is about 20 kg. If he/she has an ear infection, sinus infection or pneumonia, the correct dose is 90 mg per kg per day dosed twice a day. 11 ml twice a day sounds correct. If it is not an ear, sinus, or lung infection he/she is being treated for, please ask the physician who prescribed the medication. ...Read more