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Toddler with gums infected, smells bad. Taking Cefidinir. Is it right medicine?

My 16- months old son mouth suddenly smells bad, his lower left side is gum is infected with a little crack. He is actually taking antibiotic at this time for coughing. the antibiotic that he is currently taking is cefdinir for about a week. should I take him to a dentist or doctor or use over the counter medication? Thank you for your advise
Asked On : Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Never use over the counter medication particularly for pediatric age group. Bad smell from mouth and infected gum with crack may be due to infection in tooth (tooth abscess).

I would suggest you to consult a dentist for proper clinical evaluation and to assess the severity.
Upgradation of antibiotic may be needed if there is no improvement or any progress in symptoms,as he has already received 7 days of antibiotic. Till then continue the same antibiotic and do warm saline water rinses( that will relieve pain and allow cleaning).
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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