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Child having cough, fever. Can we avoid taking antibiotics? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good afternoon
User:Hi Good afternoon
User:Had some Qs regarding my daughters (3yr 8 mo) old
Doctor:please proceed
User:She is having fever 100-101
User:Bit of cough
User:We saw the doctor today and he prescribed an antibiotic and imol for fever
User:I'm little hesitant to start antibiotic especially when fever hasnt been high and whether it makes sense to watch for a day
User:Her fever started yesterday around 2 PM
User:She is 3 yrs 8 mo, ~15.5 Kgs
Doctor:It does not make any sense to wait any longer
Doctor:Her fever is above 100
Doctor:with a bit of cough
Doctor:It is better you start her on the prescribed antiobiotic
User:She took one course of antiobiotic (fever cough) in Dec...about 3 months back, now there any guideline as to how many courses can children take...or what can be considered bad
Doctor:There is no specific guideline on the use of antibiotics in children
Doctor:a persistent fever with sore throat
Doctor:difficulty in breathing
Doctor:Features consistent with IMNCI guidelines need to be followed
Doctor:And the antibiotics can be started accordingly
Doctor:In my view you should start the baby on antibiotic
User:yes, we'll start that...i hv conveyed to my wife
Doctor:Wish your kid a quick recovery
Doctor:Do you have more queries?
User:thanks for ur help
User:thats it doctor
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Great day ahead
Doctor:Bye for now
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