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List Of Antibiotics For Kids
List of Antibiotics: You can get lists of antibiotics readily available from many sources on the Internet. Strength of an antibiotic is a rather subjective thing as it depends on which bacteria you are trying to treat. For example, Penicillin is very effective for Strep Throat but will not treat most skin infections. This doesn't make it any weaker an antibiotic that Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) which would treat both. Just different. ...Read more
Partial treatment: If you don't complete a course of antibiotics, you may leave some infection that is partially treated. This is the number one cause of antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, if you fail to complete treatment for strep throat, you risk developing late complications of strep. These include damage to joints, kidneys and lungs, among other things. ...Read more
May not work: While the antibiotic is not likely going to harm the child, the harm is that it may not work. If your child has an infection that needs treatment, then they need an unexpired antibiotic to treat the infection. The untreated infection is more the danger, not the old, useless antibiotic. ...Read more
No choices: This is a common problem. Children often refuse medicines, but there are no choices. Medicines can be flavored but this often does not work. This is a battle that you must win. It is hard but be persistent and once you win the battle the fighting will be over. Do whatever it takes! ...Read more
Yes-- only if needed: It is possible to use oral antibiotics in a young baby. However, they should only be used if the child has a bacterial infection. Many infections in young children (such as common colds) are viral in etiology and will get better on their own without antibiotics. Using antibiotics when not medically appropriate can cause them to be less effective when your child gets very sick & really needs them. ...Read more
No Use for Antibioti: Antibiotic therapy — there is no role for antibiotics in the treatment of the common cold . Antibiotic therapy does not prevent secondary bacterial infection, may cause significant side effects, and may contribute to increasing bacterial antimicrobial resistance. ...Read more
Child finished 5 day course of antibiotic but the bottle still has some left should I give it to him an extra day. It says give it to him 5 days?
Child prescribed antibuotic antibiotic for 5 days but there is still some left, should he take it one extra day or just toss the leftover medicine?
It's wise to finish the course of antibiotics that was prescribed depending on the Diagnosis. Removing symptoms doesn't guarantee cure
A child might be treated for an ear infection +
If course of antibiotics isn't completed, there is increased chance of the infection coming back.
The antibiotic is prescribed
1) to alleviate the symptoms
2) Treat +cure infection
3) Prevent reinfection ...Read more
Several ways: There are several pathways that cause drug allergy. The classic one is immediate, ige mediated and usually occurs within 1 hour of exposure. There are other pathways which can be delayed from a day to several weeks. You will usually see a type of rash as one of the first symptoms in mos cases but that does not necessarily rule out a hypersensitivity reaction. Monitor all symptoms carefully. ...Read more
Not usually: Usually Pulpotomies (baby teeth root canals) and stainless steel crowns are used to fix badly decayed baby teeth before they abscess, so no antibiotic is needed. If the dentist is trying to save an abscessed baby tooth (not often done, but possible under some circumstances) then an antibiotic would be appropriate both before and after a pulpotomy. ...Read more
M.D. visit: After an infection in the lungs, there may be inflammation which can last weeks to months. Most infections will resolve within 1 week to 10 days. If the infection is not well controlled, persistent symptoms including fever and an abnormal chest radiograph at 6 weeks may occur. Your physician may consider repeating the chest x ray, ordering a complete white cell count, after further assessment. ...Read more
Are antibiotics given for me to are antibiotics given for measles and how do I know if my child has it?
What do you suggest if my child has impetigo which has shown no improvement over past 1.5 months of antibiotics. Help!?
Re-evaluate: Treatment failure should prompt re-evaluation. Perhaps the original diagnosis was not completely accurate, or the medication regimen was not appropriate, or taken as directed. ...Read more
Child prescribed antibiotics for congestion he has had for 3 weeks, no other symptoms, does he truly need an antibiotic for this? Conflicted
Not for congestion: You may have some paperwork that lists a diagnosis from the visit. I don't use abx for congestion, but I was not there. If the doc found a sinus or chest infection I would. ...Read more
Yes.: Viral illnesses are totally insensitive to antibiotics. ...Read more
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