... prescribe pill. help! can he get well without the medication?
No. He will not get better. Strep throat is a precursor to scarlet fever. In the days before antibiotics, strep throat and scarlet fever were dread illnesses because children died from them. They used to quarentine kids for strep to prevent whole villages of kids from dying. You need to MAKE your son swallow the medicine. Mix it with sugar or whatever you have to do to get him to take it. I told my kids that if they didnt take their medications then they would have to get them with a needle. This was usually quite effective. Kids may hate medicine but they hate needles a lot worse, and it was no lie. Your child will continue to get sick and develop a high fever and a rash then he will have to be hospitalized for intravenous antibiotics. You are the parent! Make him take the medicine!! Scarlet fever is not seen so much anymore but many kids died from it in our grandparents days, before the 1930's, when the first antibiotics came out.
Now children get antibiotics before it reaches scarlet fever. Before antibiotics, children who didnt die could be left blind because the illness could attack the optic nerve or it could permanently weaken the lungs. It is nothing to fool around with.
As a teacher, Pledge is right. First you don't play around with strep throat!! But you already heard that. Positive reinforcement is a much more effective way to deal with your son. Reward for good behavior, ignore the bad. He is only six now. Think about what will happen when he is 13 or even younger. He has to know that you are the boss regardless, but do it positively, because when given with love, respect grows. When given with threats, children start to hide truths so they don't get the punishments.
Rewards don't have to be candy, or toys, or anything monetary. In fact, it is better that children learn 'intrinsic' positive reinforcement, such as big hugs, twirls around, reading a special book with him, things such as that. rewarding with material things only produces monsters.
I'm only telling you this because I have been a teacher for many, many years, and that is how the best children grow up.
Good luck!! Remember you are the boss regardless.
I just tried getting my sons to take the liquid Zithromax for their bronchitis. It has the most awful after taste that lingers. It has such a strong chemical taste I can completely understand a child not taking it. There are many other antibiotics around that won't leave a horrible taste in your child's mouth. I have called our pediatrician for a new antibiotic. It's not right to force a child to take this disgusting stuff. I wonder if it should've been formulated to liquid form for children. It is truly, truly awful. I have taken many different antibiotics over the years and this liquid Zithromax is disgusting. All of you who provided answers on this question might change your answers if you tasted it. Change to another antibiotic that can do the same job. Don't force your child to take liquid Zithromax.
My 9 year-old daughter was prescribed azithromycin oral suspension 1200mg cherry flavor yesterday for a sinus infection. She took 7.5 mL yesterday and is supposed to take 3 mL for next 4 days. She cried and gagged but my husband and I were steadfast that she had to take it. We had Sprite and applesauce ready between sips to help clear the taste. She did get 6 mLs down but she vomited on the last 1 mL. She really did try to take it. While normally we feel that insisting our child take medicine that is prescribed to them is the right thing to do, we now feel that we were wrong to do so with Azithromycin. It has to be the foulest, most horrible, metallic, gritty medicine that was ever made!!! If you don't believe me, be sure to taste it yourself before you insist that your child do so. The aftertaste is oily metallic and lingers for a LONG time. Some meds should never have been made into liquid forms, and most especially never forced down the throat of a sick child! We are waiting for her doctor to issue a different prescription.
- Zithromax Information for Consumers
- Zithromax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zithromax (detailed)
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