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How Do You Feel About Antibiotics For Your Toddler?

antibiotics pillsWe are emerging from a hellish week at Casa Aytur.  Both boys caught a bug that manifested itself in the form of horrible coughs, high fevers and rivers of mucous.

After the fevers didn’t subside and it had been 3 days, I brought them to the pediatrician. Our regular doctor was on vacation (of course) so we saw the substitute doctor. He listened to their chests and checked their ears. Fuzz had an ear infection. Shnook had some fluid in his chest.

He prescribed them each a different course of antibiotics. Shnook’s was only once a day for 3 days, which was fine because he has no issues taking medicine most of the time. But Fuzz was on 7 days of some horrible yogurty-looking stuff that he had to take twice a day. Oh boy, remember how much I love this task?

This is his second time being on antibiotics in his seventeen months. The first was for another ear infection.

Both of their fevers seem to have subsided, but their coughs are still pretty intense, and I’m going to return to the doctor on Tuesday to get the ear checked out. Regardless, I’m starting to realize that these boys probably have a virus, and not a bacterial infection. If it’s true, that makes me kind of annoyed.

Once I became a mom, one of the hot button issues I kept hearing about  was how antibiotics are overprescribed and because of that, becoming ineffective. Our normal pediatrician will only write a script for them under very selective circumstances, so I was slightly suspect when the other doctor was so quick to write it up and run us out the door.

How do you feel about giving your toddler antibiotics? Does your doctor prescribe them frequently? Do you think they are overused?

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