Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lu-Ella | 2009-07-05


Persistent cold. Antibiotic needed?

My six month old has had this cold for almost a month now. We' ve been to the doc and his paediatrician. Both prescibed Betnesol after examining him, also saline spray. I' m beginning to think he may need an antibiotic as we seem to be passing the germ back and forth in our home. Many paediatricians use antibiotics as a last resort. Why is this? Will it help?

Expert's Reply



The most likely cause of your baby's cold is a viral infection, especially one caused by the RS virus. This is very catchy in the family and is passed on by hand contact, so wash your hands after touching your baby. An antibiotic is not advised as this is a viral illness and an antibiotic will have no effect.Only use infant saline nose drops or Salex at least twice daily and nothing else.

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