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How can you tell if your baby is allergic to antibiotics? Is it possible to get an allergic reaction after 7 days of using it?

How can you tell if your baby is allergic to antibiotics? Is it possible to get an allergic reaction after 7 days of using it?

History & exam fit: Allergic reaction to meds usually involves typical itchy rash (measles like or hives). From first exposure to onset of reaction usually 7-10 days and on second exposure within minutes to hours. Get baby to experienced allergist who can examine baby and get detailed history. Except for penicillin there is no reliable skin testing for meds so history, exam are key. Take clear close-up pics of rash. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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How do doctors determine antibiotic dosages for babies?

How do doctors determine antibiotic dosages for babies?

Per kilo body weight: Most antibiotics have dosages by milligrams per kilo body weight per day; amoxicillin, for example, is 40-100 mg/kg/day, so an 11-pound (5-kilo) baby would get up to 500 mg per day, usually in 2 doses, so that's 250 mg twice a day, maximum. ...Read more

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What happened to babies before antibiotics were invented?

What happened to babies before antibiotics were invented?

Same as now: Some lived a normal life and some got infections and died. The proportion is just different. Antibiotics and vaccines have both resulted in a better life for everyone. ...Read more

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If I have a fever and am on antibiotics am I still contagious to an infant?

If I have a fever and am on antibiotics am I still contagious to an infant?

It depends...: It depends on which infection you have and how long you've been on the antibiotic, but it's probably safest to avoid contact with infants until the fever is gone. Talk to the doctor who prescribed the antibiotic for your infection to know for sure. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to give an infant (1 year old) antibiotics for a cold? I feel like a cold is a minor thing and may be good to build immunity.

Is it a bad idea to give an infant (1 year old) antibiotics for a cold?  I feel like a cold is a minor thing and may be good to build immunity.

Yes: If the baby truly has a viral illness then antibiotics are unnecessary and also potentially harmful in many ways, not the least of which being thinning of your wallet. ...Read more

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Can there be more than 102 f temperature in babies in case of viral illness.How many days it takes to recover.Is there need antibiotics?

Can there be more than 102 f temperature in babies in case of viral illness.How many days it takes to recover.Is there need antibiotics?

See Dr. now: If your baby has a fever, you should definitely visit your pediatrician or go to the emergency room for a proper evaluation. Your baby could have an infection which might need to be treated right away. The severity of the fever does not indicate whether it is caused by a virus or bacteria. The baby may require antibiotics. Get this looked at asap! ...Read more

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Is there Any particular antibiotic cream that I can put on a burn when treating a 7 month old infant?

Is there Any particular antibiotic cream that I can put on a burn when treating a 7 month old infant?

A burn in a 7 months: Old baby!!!!, raises lots of questions??? If othewise fine and purely accidental, please take the baby to the doctor ...Read more

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Can probiotics cancel effects of antibiotics given to an infant at birth? Grandson doubled birth weight at 3 months. What can be done to slow gain?

Can probiotics cancel effects of antibiotics given to an infant at birth?  Grandson doubled birth weight at 3 months.  What can be done to slow gain?

No&Why slow growth? : Probiotics provide a nourishing environment for normal gut germs that help sustain health, they do dot counteract antibiotics. A normal infant is supposed to double his birth weight by 3-4m and triple it by a year. All this sounds normal. Please share concerns with the child's treating physician. ...Read more

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If my infant is being treated for strep with antibiotics, will it also treat his sinus infection?

If my infant is being treated for strep with antibiotics, will it also treat his sinus infection?

Yes: The commonly used meds for strep in infants will usually cover a sinus infection. In fact, under 2y a pussy nasal drainage may indicate the nose & its rear structures are the primary site of the strep infection. ...Read more