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Tips while giving medication to children

  • Do not be tempted to start the antibiotics by yourself and always consult your doctor before doing so.

  • Many illnesses like simple coughs, colds, mild diarrhoea, skin infections tend to run a self-limiting course of about 3 to 7 days. A great majority of these do not need antibiotics. Adequate rest, fluids, balanced diet and mild painkillers are good enough for your child.

  • Avoid giving antibiotics on a full stomach or with milk or antacids. These may hamper the absorption of antibiotics from the stomach. Many antibiotics (ampicillin, amoxycillin, etc.) cause mild side effects such as abdominal discomfort and occasional diarrhoea. These are usually transient, subside gradually on their own and are no reason to discontinue the treatment.

  • Inform your doctor before hand if your child or family has a history of drug allergies, eruptions or asthma or G6PD deficiency. This can help your doctor greatly to plan your child's treatment appropriately.

  • Watch out for any unexpected or unusual reactions while the child's on the antibiotics. Inform your doctor immediately if the child develops severe itching, swelling of the body or dark urine.