If i give my two year old amoxicillin and he does not need it - he only has a cold - is it bad.
He's got a really snotty cough and a slight fever.
Was this med prescribed for him? If it was not, or if it is left over medication from a previous illness, even if similar, you should not give it to him. It is a bad idea to save left over antibiotics because they can lose effectiveness over time-especially liquids and it is never certain, that even though the symptoms may be alike, that it is the same bacteria that is infecting your child. If your child has a viral infection antibiotics will not be effective as they fight bacterial infections, not viruses. Left over antibiotics not only may lose effectiveness there may not be enough left over to fight another bacterial infection. If antibiotics are not given in a full treatment course, it can cause the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. So unless his pediatrician or family Doctor prescribed this medicine for this illness, I would say No, do not give it to him.
was this prescribed by the pediatrician for this current problem if it has not been then you should discuss this with his doctor, generally from my experience liquid antibiotics once they are mixed at the pharmacy last for a 7 to 10day course and then usually have a note posted on the bottle to discard any unused amount of medication, it could be unsafe to use an expired medication such as this so unless this has come from the physician for this particular problem this I think should not be done
Antibiotics are not necessarily dangerous for children but my husband and I do not like to use them for our children unless absolutely necessary. Our daughter is nearly four yrs old now and has only needed an antibiotic one time, when she had developed an ear infection. Anytime she has had a cold or bronchitis, she has recovered successfully without the use of antibiotics, which do not provide much benefit for colds and such things anyway. The only time I would be a little more cautious is with a very young child. Aside from that, in my personal opinion (and it's just that, an opinion!) antibiotics are hugely over-prescribed in this country, especially for children. We believe that the body's own immune system should be allowed to fight off illnesses as much as possible. I was given excessive amounts of antibiotics as a child in the 70's (when not as much was probably known about the negative effects of their use) and my immune system suffered horribly.
Even far into adulthood, I continued developing all sorts of infections. I rely now on more and more natural remedies and try to stay away from medications as much as possible, for me and my children as well. I know doctors will try to tell patients that they cannot recover from bronchitis without antibiotics, but I have done so myself and so has my daughter. It may take a little longer to get over it, but I would rather have that than the adverse effects of antibiotic use when they aren't really needed.
Now don't get me wrong... when a child has something wrong and is not getting better within a certain amount of time, I definitely recommend going with the dr's recommedation for treatment. I am just saying that my family and I try to let our own body's defenses handle things unless we fail to recover on our own.
I know this is kind of long and I apologize. I am quite passionate about the use of these types of meds especially in young children as they are often over-prescribed. When they are used when they aren't really needed, they can defintely do more harm than good.
Best wishes to you and your little one. I hope they are feeling much better by now.
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