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Doctor insights on: If I Have A Fever And Am On Antibiotics Am I Still Contagious To An Infant

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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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Dr. John Leander Po
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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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Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo  got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Unrelated: The child's symptoms are unrelated to the vaccine. It is possible the child came in contact with someone with a cold around that time. The flu vaccine is a dead virus vaccine, does not cause illness, nor is the patient who receives the vaccine contagious. ...Read more

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2 months old baby had cough and cold and was treated with antibiotics via iv. Baby still has cold for 10 days now with no fever but stuffy noise

2 months old baby had cough and cold and was treated with antibiotics via iv. Baby still has cold for 10 days now with no fever but stuffy noise

Re check!: If your infant is still congested-have your pediatrician evaluate to determine if congestion is from stuffy nose or from the lungs-wheezing-"bronchiolitis" cough. This evaluation will determine what to try for "comfort" care. Often times, the congestion takes 1-2 weeks after your event with IV antibiotics to subside. ...Read more

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Should my baby still get a fever after a day on antibiotics?

Should my baby still get a fever after a day on antibiotics?

Maybe: It depends upon what the baby is being treated for and whether the treatment is empirical or directed against a known organism. Even if the antibiotic is appropriate it may take a day or two for all symptoms to be ameliorated. If it is not the right choice of treatment then persistence of fever is not unexpected. ...Read more

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Lady in waiting room coughing. Said she had high fever for 5 days. No fever past 2 days. I took my baby outside asap. Was she contagious still?

Lady in waiting room coughing. Said she had high fever for 5 days. No fever past 2 days. I took my baby outside asap. Was she contagious still?

Likely not though: it depends on the virus. If it were influenza, you can bet that she is still contagious. And there is really very little you can do for your baby at this point, other than watch like a hawk for signs of influenza. Good luck and thanks for using HealthTap. ...Read more

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19 months baby with flatuating fever, max 38.3 min 36.5. Baby looks well and teething too. Doesn't eat much. Docs gave antibiotics for two days. Still?

19 months baby with flatuating fever, max 38.3 min 36.5. Baby looks well and teething too. Doesn't eat much. Docs gave antibiotics for two days. Still?

See Dentist: Although a low-grade fever often accompanies teething, there's no evidence that teething causes fever. Antibiotics should be given ONLY for bacterial infection, and usually for at least 5 days so that bacteria don't build immunity to the medication. PLEASE see a Dentist, preferably a Pediatric Dental Specialist, a children's dentist, as soon as possible. ...Read more

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7yearold daughter had flu since Mon. On tamiflu since Tues night. Fever gone since Wed. No symptoms left. Still contagious? I have a 4 month old baby.

7yearold daughter had flu since Mon. On tamiflu since Tues night. Fever gone since Wed. No symptoms left. Still contagious? I have a 4 month old baby.

Flu: Technically the flu is considered contagious for 5-10 days after the start of symptoms. Basic infection control practices: good hand washing, don't share drinks, utensils, cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your shirt sleeve. Since your 7 yo is no longer symptomatic (no more cough?) then the rest should be easy. ...Read more

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I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more

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My son just turned 2 and has a slight fever and runny nose. Should he still be taking infant tylenol and should I still be using saline nose drops?

My son just turned 2 and has a slight fever and runny nose. Should he still be taking infant tylenol and should I still be using saline nose drops?

Yes and yes: Saline drops don't hurt at any age. And infant tylenol drops should still work with increased dose ( 15 mg/ kilo/ dose). ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more