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my 13 month old baby has been sick with a cough for over 4 weeks now. he coughs to the point that he vomits, and this occurs during the night as well. we have seen the GP 3 times now. the 1st time she put him on an antibiotic that seemed to work, but then a few days after the completion of the antibiotic the symptoms returned again. the following week our GP put him on a different antibiotic which seemed to work.. so as he had finished the antibiotics, and seemed well, our GP said it was safe for him to take his 1yr injections. well straight after that the coughing and vomiting returned, so the following wk the GP put him on a stronger antibiotic, which he has been on for 7 days and is not working.
The GP has mentioned that perhaps it is ashma, but our baby has not been wheezing when he coughs and has had no shortness of breath. The cough is not dry, but often phlemy which is mainly what he was vomiting.
His cough is worst at night when he sleeps, and during the day he does not cough much... one time after dream feeding him a small amount of milk (100 mls), he started coughing violently to the point that he vomited all his stomachs contents, so we stopped dream feeding him.
I have read many articles that suggest that antibiotics may be making things worse, and our baby is too young for cough syrup, so what do we do to help the little guy get better?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Pediatrics
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Pediatrician: Dr. K., Board Certified Pediatrician replied 8 years ago
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Thanks for the question. From your description, your pediatrician has given waaaaay too low of a dose of amoxicillin. I suggest you have your child reevaluated by another physician current with proper antibiotic doses. It most certainly sounds like this is a treatable bacterial illness since there was a sligh response to the initial course of antiboitics.

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I never mentioned the dosage amount for the amoxicillin, just the ceclor suspension... with the amoxicillin, he was taking 5ml three times a day.
I was wondering whether taking all these antibiotics was doing more bad then good. I had heard that this is killing all the good bacteria as well as bad, and maybe causing some kind of yeast infection.
is it safe for him to go onto a fourth round of antibiotics in such a short space of time?
Pediatrician: Dr. K., Board Certified Pediatrician replied 8 years ago
SOrry, I misread that. Given the amoxil dosage of 5 ml three times a day, this is 1/3 of the recommended dose. It is true that antibiotics will give side effects and kill good bacteria, but this is a necessary evil when there is a treatbale bacterial infection. I recommend you have the child reevaluated for proper antibiotic dosages.
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