Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nikky | 2011-07-02


Diarrhoea - lots of questions

Hi Professor,

My 2 year old son has bad diarrhoea, which I think is from the anti biotics he was given as his cough had gone to his chest. The anti biotics is AugMaxcil SF, which contains Clavulanic Acid. He has never had such a bad reaction before. I started him on the anti biotics on Tuesday and have stopped it today. I think there is about 2 more days left. So he has had 4 full days on anti biotics. He is still coughing, but I feel I should stop as he also has a bad nappy rash from the diarrhoea, which is now cracked and bleeding. I am treating this with Vaseline and Corn Starch Powder.

He was also prescribed Aspelone and Adco Linctopent, which I think I should continue with, until the cough has gone. Is this correct?

I have also given him 5ml every 4 hours of Kaostatex to help with the diarrhoea. I also want to give him 2 x Junior Probiotic tablets to chew, 3 times a day. He is also drinking Rehydrate sachets and using Duolin in the nebulizer twice a day.

Does Orelox anti biotics contain Clavulanic Acid? I am wondering what anti biotics to ask for next time.

If the cough went into his chest, is this Pneumonia?

Sorry about all the questions.

Thank you for your time.

Expert's Reply



I will try to answer your questions in order. It is not the clavulanic acid but the antibiotic itself which is amoxycillin which has resulted iin your son's diarrhoea. This is not an allergy but is due to the fact that the 'good bacteria' have been knocked out of his digestive system. He needs probiotics now plus the Rehidrat. Do not give any other treatment for his diarrhoea. Cough mixttures do not help for young children so do not give the Linctopent. The Aspelone is a safe cortisone medicine, so you should complete this course.
Your son may have the same reaction to any antibiotic so Orelox may cause the same result.
You can use the Duolin to help your son to clear the mucous from his chest. He probably has had a virus chest infection called bronchiolitis and that is why antibiotics do not help.This illness may last for 3 weeks or longer. This is especially the case with the coughing.

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