Childhood Diseases

Posted by: welcome | 2011-06-09


ear infections in infants, barking cough and antibiotics

I have a few questions - Baby 5months old
1.Is it always advisable to treat earinfections( what if doc is not 100% sure or if earinfection is mild - baby did have episodes of unconsolable crying for two days, prior to visit to doc, but crying is subsiding and he never cried while lying down and does not have a fever) with antibiotic. Can a baby not fight it on his own and is there not something else other than antibiotic that one can use?
2. Our normal GP precribed amoxill at 5ml three times a day over 5 days. Is this not to much for a 5month old baby who weighs 6.3kg?
3. My baby has a barking cough( has a cold) - could this be croup and should I be worried? He also has reflux, but is on no medication. Should I get something for it. He is not distress and does not wake up at night as a result of it.
4. My baby is drooling allot and his fingers is always in his mouth - could the above screaming in point 1 be related to teething even thoug he does not have swelling gums?
He is drinking - maybe not 100% whatt he use to, I would say he''s intake is about 70% of waht it use to be. He does sometimes fuss at the bottle, but drinks when really hungry.
Thanks for your advice

Expert's Reply



1. Suspected ear infections in babies should always be properly diagnosed and treated if this is necessary. There is always the danger that the eardrum will burst as a result of an untreated infection. Ear infections are also very painful.
2.The Amoxycillin dose for babies 1 month to 1 year is either 62.5mg 3 times daily for mild infections to 125mg 3 times a day for more severe infections such as pneumonia.
3.Your baby does have croup and should be seen by his doctor.His reflux should also be treated.
4. Your baby shows the typical symptoms of teething. This may also be the reason why he is drinking slightly less now.

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