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Infant has lethargy, low appetite, runny nose, drowsiness, diagnosed to be viral. Prescribed antibiotics. Should it be given?

my 8 months old baby boy has shown symptoms of lethargy, not accepting food since yesterday. he has had runny nose for some time now. today evening, he has been continuously crying and has been drowsy and sleeping more than how much he used to. I visited a doctor and she recommended clamp suspension having amoxycllin and potassium clavulanate. and calpol-250 mg which is parecetamol oral suspension- BP . is the medication fine. she said that my baby has a viral infection, but she suggested an anti-biotic for the same. i have heard that antibiotics are affcetive only in case of bacterial infection . should i continue giving my child the medication since i have started with it or discontinue. is it very harmful to give anti-biotics? please suggest. thanks, miloni mishra, bhopal. india.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Hi Miloni mishra,
Thank you for your query,
You continue the medication as advised by your Pediatrician.
With the history of symptoms it is very difficult to say whether it is viral or bacterial.
As your Pediatrician has examined the child and prescribed the medication, you conyinue the antibiotic.
The medication is fine and safe.
Whenever indicated the antibiotic is safe and treats the infection.
If your child still having problem, consult the doctor for follow up.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Your child is having respiratory infection which could be viral or bacterial in nature.
Continue with medication as suggested by your doctor.since he has examined your child.
Give him plenty of fluids,vegetable soup.rice porridge so as to maintain hydration and nutrition
Be in regular follow up with your doctor.

Wishing your baby good health.
God bless..
Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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