Antibiotics Side Effects for Children


Not only do the prescription antibiotics kill the germs triggering the ear infection, however they likewise eliminate the friendly bacteria, called “plants”, that reside in your child’s intestinal tracts. These friendly germs usually control the consistency of the stools and help with digestion.

What Are the Antibiotics Side Effects for Children?

Eliminating these bacteria can trigger the stools to become loose, watery, and more regular. Expect this to occur to some degree with numerous antibiotics. It is not unsafe. Often, however, it can be more severe (more than 6 – 8 stools a day). Here are a couple of things you can do to minimize antibiotic-induced diarrhea:

  • Acidophilus – this is a powder type of the typical flora in the intestines. Taking this during the course of prescription antibiotics and continuing for two weeks after can assist prevent diarrhea. We highly suggest you provide this to your child if he has actually had diarrhea from antibiotics in the past.
  • Decrease the dose – under the guidance of your doctor, you may have the ability to decrease the dosage of the antibiotic by approximately one third.
  • Ask your doctor if your child can alter to a more intestine-friendly medication.
  • Stop the antibiotic – if the diarrhea is severe, decide with your doctor if your child seems much better sufficient to stop the antibiotic now rather of finishing the course.

When to worry: if the diarrhea is severe (more than 6 – 8 times a day), if it is bloody, if you child has severe stomach aches or throwing up, you must contact your doctor.


Diaper Rash

There can be two kinds of diaper rash with prescription antibiotics:

  • Contact diaper rash – this is merely from the loose stools annoying baby’s bottom.
  • Fungal diaper rash – this occurs since the absence of the normal digestive tract flora enables yeast (fungi) to overgrow in the intestines. This yeast comes out in the stool and causes rash.
  • Acidophilus can assist prevent diaper rash throughout antibiotic use.
  • Put an obstacle cream (zinc oxide) around the anus after every diaper change.

When to worry: If the rash is severe, with big blisters or skin sloughed off, you should stop the antibiotic and contact your doctor.

Oral Thrush

This takes place since the antibiotics kill the typical mouth flora and permit yeast to overgrow inside the mouth. You can see white spots in the cheeks, on the tongue, under the lips, or on the gums.

Acidophilus will help avoid thrush throughout antibiotic usage.


Often children may toss up a dose of the prescription antibiotics. If this happens once or twice, do not stress. It’s probably simply a hostility to the taste.

  • Repeat the dosage – if you child tosses it up with 15 minutes of taking it.
  • Contact your doctor if this continues more than 3 times. You might need a different antibiotic.

Rash on the Body

There are two kinds of rashes that can occur throughout antibiotic use:

  • Allergic rash – due to allergy to the antibiotic. This can appear in numerous types:
    • Hives – these are raised, red or white welts that can appear anywhere on the body. They will normally appear for one to several hours, then fade away, only to pop up again somewhere else. The usually itch.
    • Pinpoint red or white bumps anywhere on the body.
    • Lacy type of red rash anywhere on the body that is not raised.
    • Rash connected with the illness – rash can often appear during any variety of viral illnesses. This rash generally looks like determine red or white bumps or a lacy red, non-raised rash. Less commonly it can look like hives.
    • Allergic rash due to another medication you likewise take place to be offering your child.

Ways to determine which rash it is – this is really difficult to do, even for your doctor. Considering that it is essential to know if your child dislikes a specific antibiotic, we suggest you let your doctor see the rash. This will aid in future choices on which antibiotic to use.

What to Do in Case of Rash Causes by Antibiotics

  • Stop the antibiotic up until you can call your doctor.
  • Attempt Benadryl – this is an antihistamine allergy medication that can momentarily decrease an allergic rash and itching. It is available without prescription. The rash might return after the Benadryl subsides in 4 – 6 hours. If the rash is NOT an allergic rash, Benadryl won’t hurt it or make it worse. Click on for dosing.

When to worry: this typically does not necessitate an urgent call to your doctor in the evening. You ought to call your doctor or go to an emergency room is your child has one or more of the following signs of severe allergy:

  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing (not just nasal blockage).
  • Trouble swallowing due to tight throat.
  • Extreme drooling with trouble swallowing.
  • Any other signs that you presume may be a severe allergy.
  • Swollen joints.

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