Does frequent switching in antibiotics for cough in an infant safe?
Get his blood tested. Give antibiotics only if indicated.
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Most often cough in children is due to viral infections where antibiotics do not help. Antibiotics can often cause antibiotic-associated-diarrhea and it is likely that your child is having such a thing. Although changing the antibiotic would not affect the health of the child. However, if I was the treating physician, I would have done a blood count and C-Reactive protein first and unless the total leucocyte count and CRP were raised, I would not have prescribed antibiotics. In your case, I would not insist skipping the antibiotic without getting the blood tested.
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In chest congestion n nasal congestion antibiotics are compulsory??
In case of my son doctor 1st give cefadroxil which he vomits wn he intake dn he changed to amoxycilin and potassium clavulante And said it may cause loose motion to him.on 2nd day eve he got loose motion. 3rd day he shifted to cefixime n also give Prebiotic n probiotic sachets also changes cough syrup.
Doctor is exprementing or treating him. Should we change doctor?
It is a very bad practice to give antibiotic for every cough and cold.
It is meaningless to give antibiotics whenever a child has cough and cold. Unless there are definite indications, antibiotics are not required in chest infections or nasal congestion. Rather it is more important to give steam inhalation which doctors skip advising.
The doctor is not experimenting. It is just a prevalent wrong practice of many doctors. I am not sure how the next doctor would be.
Blood test should be done or other signs of sepsis should be checked for
The blood should be tested for total leukocyte count and C-reactive protein (CRP). If these are raised, it indicates infection for which antibiotics need to be given; not otherwise.
Give the inhalers if there is wheezing or respiratory distress. Give steam inhalation along.
Steam inhalation is the solution to look for
Thanks for writing back. But I have already suggested that steam inhalation would provide relief. You will have to be patient as it usually takes 7-10 days to resolve spontaneously, sometimes even slightly more.
It is ok to give suppository for constipation but dietary fiber intake needs to be increased. Green leafy vegetables contain dietary fibers and need to be taken in good amount.
You need to be patient
I understand your concerns. He has already been given antibiotics and had it been due to bacterial cause, it would have responded. For viral infections, it usually takes 5-10 days for the cough to resolve. Taking him to a child specialist is unlikely to help, but at least he would be able to examine the child clinically. So if apprehensive, you can take him to a doctor.
Treatment modalities seem fine.
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The doctor is treating him on the right lines. As I mentioned, you need to be patient. The child will gradually be fine again soon.
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