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Child with ear infection. Taking amoxicillin. Got nappy rash. Allergic reaction?

Hi, my 18 month old was prescribed Amoxicillin last Saturday (3.5ml 3times a day. His weight is 11.6kg) for an ear infection. Today it is the second day we are giving him the antibiotic and the fever is gone. He looks so much better. I just changed his nappy and he has a nappy rash. Can it be an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin? The pooh looks fine, normal, he doesn't have diarrhea. Thanks!
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Amoxicillin has a side effect of tummy upset and make motions loose ; multiple loose motions could lead to perianal rash.Since in your child stools are normal then maybe the rash is not related to amox. The amox allergy rash is very serious one called Stevens-Johnson syndrome where the rash is not only present around the anus but also eyes and mouth gets involved.

Apply any nappy rash cream and he should get better also continue the medication.


Take care.
Answered: Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Amoxicillin is well known to cause rashes - but it will be generalised.
If it is restricted to an area, local cause is more likely / keep exposed, change the nappy brand, use soothening lotion...
Symptomatic treatment can help / it is wiser to have it examined by the child or skin specialist..

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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