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How are antibiotics given to a 2 year old?

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My two year old son refuses to take antibiotics when he is sick, we have tried various methods like giving it with choclate or any food item, but he simply spits it out. Request you to advise why would he be refusing medicine and what remedy can I as a father use to resolve this.
Posted Fri, 15 Aug 2014 in Relationship
Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari 11 minutes later
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Antibiotic to be used only when necessary

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Many of the antibiotic have bitter taste ir bitter after effect which many babies don't like.
Antibiotics are to be only for specific indication. They are the most widely abused drug. If the baby is doing well, accepting feeds well, no signs of active infection then antibiotics can be withheld.
One way of giving medicine is pinch the cheek on both sides inwards using thumb and middle finger and then giving the medicine. Keep it presses till he swallow.

Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

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