Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2010/09/16


Drops possible?

Dear Doc

My son came home early frm playgroup this morning as he was not feeling well. He was perfectly fine before school. He has a 38.4 temp and cried when I took his temp with the ear themometer. He has had a bit of a runny nose for a while which is just allergic rhinitis and I think he now has an ear infection. He has also complained for a while of sore hands and feet, which you asked me to have checked by my dr. Have not managed that to get that appointment yet.

The difficulty is that my son does not take medication orally and he has to have it via an injection or suppositry. (Even my pead gave up trying to get meds in orally after trying several times himself) We have tried every single trick ever suggested and he said that in future we would have to give it via injection. I obviously dont want to traumatise my son uneccesarily - but he is clearly sick and needs treatment. I can still give empaped as a suppositry - but not an antibiotic.

Would antibiotic eardrops be effective against an ear infection or must it be the usual antibiotic? My son is 3 and a half and otherwise in excellent health apart from the recent cold.

Just to sum up. His symptoms are a clear runny nose, fever, pain when you touch his ears. He says his hands and feet hurt (for a while now). He is fatigued and pale (since this morning).

He did eat bovril toast and tea for supper.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Your son probably has an ear infection. He needs to be seen by a doctor. He can be treated on a once daily oral antibiotic with a very good taste called Zithromax. Also this medicine only has to be given for 3 days. So it should be ideal.You could mix the medicine with a small amount of jam or mix it with apple sauce.He should not see you take the medicine from the bottle.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010/09/17

Doc , just to add - this morning his fever is gone, but other symptoms persist

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