The Use Of Antibiotics For Children?
. My child is 5 years old. Pertma often coughs colds and swollen tonsils. Finally, swelling in the joints there is a rash on the legs a little. Many months of taking medication. There are asto diluents (acetosal / aspilet) and antibiotics (faciesprim / phenoxymethyl). The question is this disease can be suffered for a lifetime. What I am asking is whether the continuous consumption of the drug is not good? Is it safe to take the drug for a long time, maybe even for years? Hopefully the second opinion from the doctor can help me … thanks
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Basically, treatment for rheumatic fever (especially if rheumatic heart disease has also been found) is more aimed at preventing the occurrence of recurrent acute rheumatic fever. This is very important, because if there is a recurring rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease will get worse in each attack.
The duration of treatment for rheumatic fever depends on whether there is interference with the heart and if there is interference with the heart, how severe the disorder is (whether damage to the heart valve has been permanent or not). If there is permanent heart valve damage, then treatment can be given up to 10 years or up to the age of 40 years (selected the longest), in certain conditions can also be given for life. If there is no permanent heart valve damage, then treatment can be given up to 10 years or up to 21 years of age (selected the longest). If there are no signs of cardiac involvement, then treatment can be given up to 5 years or until it reaches the age of 21 years (selected the longest).
Although giving each type of medication has a risk of side effects, the possibility of complications if the drug is not given will be greater than the risk of side effects. Very much research has been done before the treatment recommendations are made and this research has also been made for years, so you really should follow the recommendations of your pediatrician.
The following article you can read about rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
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