Canotrimoxazole Be Given To Babies With Diarrhea And Only 9 Months Old?
my child is 9 months old and is having diarrhea but the doctor gives cotrimoxazole suspension, is that safe?
Hello Fhadly Wahyudinata,
Cotrimoxazole suspension is an antibiotic drug preparation consisting of Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole. This antibiotic can be used for diseases suspected of being caused by bacterial infections, including in cases of diarrhea (diarrhea). Besides cotrimoxazole can also be used for bacterial infections in cases of urinary tract infections, ear infections, respiratory infections. Cotrimoxazole should only be given if there are instructions and should not be given carelessly because it can cause bacterial resistance to this antibiotic.
Cotrimoxazole suspension is safe for children aged> 6 weeks. Dosing in children is usually based on body weight. Cotrimoxazole should be given after eating, because an empty stomach can cause nausea. After taking the medicine, give the child to drink more water. Cotrimoxazole preparations contain sorbitol sugar, which in children who have sugar intolerance will cause more severe diarrhea. This drug is avoided if the child has a history of previous allergies with similar antibiotics.
Like other drugs, cotrimoxazole can also cause side effects. However, these side effects do not always appear in everyone and the side effects that arise can vary. Side effects of cotrimoxazole include:
Heart palpitations Allergic reactions Headache Nausea Diarrhea Skin rash Fungal infections in the mouth Sprue Anemia Always consume antibiotics in accordance with the dose and frequency of administration that has been explained by the doctor. Do not stop using antibiotics carelessly or before the specified time. If an allergic reaction arises, you can stop the antibiotic and bring the child immediately to control so that it can be evaluated whether the cause is from the antibiotic and whether or not to replace it with another type of antibiotic.
In addition to antibiotics, the most important treatment for diarrhea is rehydration to prevent the body from lacking fluids (dehydration). Rehydration should be done using ORS. In addition to ORS, children are also usually given zinc which needs to be consumed for up to 10 days even though they are no longer diarrhea. Maintain children's food hygiene and environmental sanitation. Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching the child, prepare the child's food, and feed the child. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.