What is amoxicillin used for in babies?
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic. It’s used to treat bacterial infections, such as chest infections (including pneumonia), dental abscesses and urinary tract infections (UTIs). It’s used in children, often to treat ear infections and chest infections. The medicine is only available on prescription.
What age can a baby have amoxicillin?
Children younger than 2 years of age—Use is not recommended.
What are the side effects of amoxicillin for babies?
Call your child’s doctor right away or take your child to Emergency if your child has any of these side effects:
- severe skin rash, or hives (raised, red itchy areas on the skin)
- trouble breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
- swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- unusual tiredness or weakness.
How much amoxicillin can a baby take?
Infants 3 months of age and younger—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 30 mg per kg of body weight per day, divided and given every 12 hours.
What antibiotics are safe for babies?
Because infants have a higher risk of complications from pneumonia, including death, pediatricians often prescribe antibiotics such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, and penicillin, even if they aren’t positive that it’s a bacterial infection.
How quickly does amoxicillin work?
Amoxicillin is rapidly absorbed after oral administration and peak levels are reached 1-2 hours after dosing. However, it may take up to 24-72 hours of regular dosing before infection symptoms start to abate.
How do you give a baby amoxicillin?
How should I give it? Amoxicillin can be taken with or without food. Capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of water, milk or squash (but not juice). Your child should not chew the capsules.
Can I drink milk with amoxicillin?
You may mix the oral liquid with a baby formula, milk, fruit juice, water, ginger ale, or another cold drink. Be sure the child drinks all of the mixture immediately.
What can you give a baby after antibiotics?
One way to manage antibiotic-related diarrhea while your child is on antibiotics — besides investing in extra-absorbent diapers — is to give your toddler probiotics, which are live, active, good bacteria found in supplements or foods like yogurt. Here’s what you need to know about probiotics for toddlers.