Provision Of Amoxicillin For Babies 6 Months?
Hello .. I am the mother of a 6-month-old child, now she is coughing … When I checked I was given zemoxil amoxilin and said the midwife was an antibiotic drug, the effect would be if my child is already large, if he is sick he is addicted to the drug, is my step correct? give amoxilin to my child? And is it true that when I grow up my child can become addicted to drugs? For the information, I say thank you
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We understand the concerns that you feel.
Coughing is a spontaneous reaction of the airways which actually has a protective effect, especially to clean the airway of foreign objects as well as the airway's response to viral infections and bacterial infections.
Some causes of coughing in infants or children include:
Viral infections that attack the upper respiratory tract (ARI), bronchiolitis, bronchitis,
Bacterial infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
Cough due to allergies
The baby's immune system is not yet fully developed, so it is easy to experience infections, especially respiratory infections that are transmitted from the air in the environment around the baby.
Often coughing in infants is caused by a viral infection that does not require antibiotics. Indications for giving antibiotics to infants if the cause is known to be a bacterial infection seen from the symptoms found, such as high fever to shortness of breath. Shortness of breath in infants can be assessed by an increase in the frequency of the breath more than 50 times per minute. The evaluation must be done by a doctor directly.
Provision of drugs to infants, especially antibiotics must be based on consideration of the type of disease, causes, and adjusted for the child's weight.
If the cough is caused by a normal viral infection, and no other symptoms are found such as difficulty breathing, the child does not want to drink milk / milk, high fever continuously, then you do not need to worry. Giving antibiotics can be deferred or not indicated in these conditions.
Statement of drug dependence is not correct, because antibiotics do not cause dependence let alone wait until the big child later. Consideration of antibiotic administration is based on symptoms and type of disease. Not all diseases require antibiotics, especially coughing in children, so antibiotics cannot be used carelessly. In addition, the risk of antibiotic resistance (drug-resistant bacteria) will increase if its use is done irrationally.
Coughing is generally caused by a viral infection whose healing is influenced by the baby's own immune system and keeps the baby from exposure to the environment that is vulnerable to infecting. So you do not need to worry about the possibility of other diseases if you do not find other significant symptoms, such as difficulty in breathing / shortness of breath, tip of feet, hands and lips turn blue, babies are not actively breastfeeding, fever above 39 degrees continuously, babies are often fussy, spasms to his body is stiff.
Generally cough due to a viral infection will heal by itself in about 2 weeks. If the cough does not heal, it needs to be re-evaluated whether the closest person also has similar symptoms, such as family, neighbors, playmates or guests who come home and touch the baby without knowing that they have a cough or cold virus. This certainly increases the risk of contracting the virus and causing the baby to not heal. Lack of maintaining environmental hygiene and infant nutritional status also affects the health condition of the baby.
To help reduce coughing complaints for your baby, often give fluids to infants such as breast milk or formula to help relieve coughing and thin the phlegm. Breast milk is also rich in nutrients and can help increase the baby's immune system. Elevate the baby's head position while sleeping or while breastfeeding. Don't panic when the baby coughs hard to throw up. In addition, avoid babies from exposure to unclean environments, cigarettes, or people who suffer from cough colds or other infectious diseases.
In addition, you should be careful in giving medicines. Infection suspected of being caused by a virus, does not require antibiotics. Improper administration of antibiotics can harm the baby's condition.
If the symptoms are getting worse which is marked by a high fever baby, continuous vomiting, shortness of breath which is marked by an increase in the frequency of breath (more than 50 times), do not want to suckle, fatigue, convulsions and babies tend to sleep often, then you should immediately consult a specialist doctor children to get a direct examination and evaluation and consideration of appropriate therapy.
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