Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2010/10/26


When to start antibiotics

Hello doc!

My 6 month old little boy started with a horrible cough last week, but we controlled it with ACC200, Sterimar, and the baby-vac.
Over the weekend it got worse, so I took him to the doc, who said his one ear is red, so we got antibiotic drops for his ears and Celestamine to clear up....
We also got a script for antibiotics if he did not get better.
The doc was not convinced that it was bacterial, thus only the script and not the meds...

He already had antibiotics once, so I really do not want to give it to him again?!

At night I nebulise him a bit with Duolin and ACC200, and before he goes to bed I give him some Prospan to see if that helps...
But for the last 2 mornings he starts coughing at 4...
To me it sounds better, but hubby wants to put him on the antibiotics....

So, when to start with this?!

Thank you SO MUCH for all your advice!!

Expert's Reply



You are welcome.Your son appears to have a bad cold and a chest infection, probably bronchiolitis, which is caused by a virus infection. This illness usually lasts for at least 10 days. You seem to think that he is starting to get better. The doctor did not want to start an antibiotic as he thought that your son had a viral illneess. Your baby seems to be over the worst now and you are treating him correctly. There does not seem to be a good reason to start an antibiotic at this late stage in his illness.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/10/26

The Acc200 will make his cough worse though, as it thins the phlegm so that it will come out, they usually give it when you have a very tight chest and can''t get the stuff up rather then when you are actually coughing away without a problem.

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