amoxicillin, albuterol sulfate, and prednisolone sodium phosphate, these three madine for baby if the baby is only having some congestion and runny noise, not a severe disease?
Were these all prescribed by a pediatrician or a family Dr? If it was a family Dr, you might want to get a second opinion from a pediatrician because they specialize in treating little ones where a family Dr treats both adults and children and may not have as much experience in treating the little ones. I would say the amoxicillin is appropriate. They do give albuterol sometimes to little ones with bad chest congestion. It can be used for more than just asthma. The prednisolone I, personally, would be much more reluctant to use but I'm really weird about steroids. I know they do have a place in medicine at times but I think they should be a last resort med to use when nothing else works. Especially with a baby! You can try the amoxicillin for sure. You might look into a second opinion for the prednisolone. The albuterol can be used judiciously when the baby has a lot of chest congestion. The medicine help to open the bronchioles and will help the baby breathe better and help him/her bring up mucus that is congesting the lungs
Always remember, if you have questions about a treatment, including meds, it is within your rights to ask questions and get answers to your complete satisfaction. The Dr should explain to you why he is giving a medicine and why he feels it is the right treatment and what he plans to do if this treatment fails, in some cases. If he doesnt answer questions to your satisfaction, seems reluctant, or gets upset that you are asking questions then by all means, find a new Dr ASAP! A Dr, treating children especially, should be open to any and all questions and should provide you with a full explaination in language/terms you can understand. This is a patient right! Dont let them treat you (or your children) otherwise. A good physician will treat you with courtesy and respect, and fully answer any questions you might have. An even better physician will answer your childs questions and address his/her fears right to the child. I am always impressed when a childs physician turns to my child and asks him if he has questions or if he is frightened by something and speaks directly to them rather than only speaking over them to me-age appropriate of course-when they are old enough to begin speaking and understanding-starting around the ages of two or three. That, to me, is the mark of an excellent childs Dr, (as well as giving good treatment of course)! Good for you for questioning your childs treatment! It shows you are a good conscientious momma! Be sure to remember that your pharmacist is also a good source of information for medications. They will know if a certain dose is correct for a child and also if a med is appropriate for a child at their age. They are great, underutilized resources.
When my son was about 10 months old he was prescribed these meds. for RSV that eventually caused him to have asthma. When it comes down to wether your child can breathe or not, a cautiouss aproach is not recomended. It's common to give albuterol and a steroid to a child having breathing issues. In the argument of wether or not steroids are safe. I would say if you are using them for an acute not chronic condition the benefits out weigh the risk. Good Luck -Alem
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