AMOXIL FOR CHILDREN EAR INFECTIONS
Pediatric dosage- 80 to 90 mg/kg per day in
2 divided doses.
Treatment duration- 10 days for younger
children and 5-7 days for children older than 6 years
(Sakulchit & Goldman, 2017).
When considering using antibiotics to treat
ear infections for children, it is advisable to withhold
antibiotic administration first for 48 to 72 hours in a
‘wait and see’ approach because the infection may
clear on its own due to the child’s immunity system
(Coker et al., 2010).
The main reason for avoiding antibiotics such
as Amoxil is to reduce the side effects as well as
reduce the chances of developing medical resistance.
If the infection shows improvement within
the 72-hour period, there is no need for the antibiotic
since it will not develop into a serious illness.
Coker, T. R., Chan, L. S., Newberry, S. J., Limbos, M. A.,
Suttorp, M. J., Shekelle, P. G., & Takata, G. S.
(2010). Diagnosis, microbial epidemiology, and
antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media in
children: a systematic review. Jama, 304(19),
Sakulchit, T., & Goldman, R. D. (2017). Antibiotic therapy
for children with acute otitis media. Canadian
Family Physician, 63(9), 685-687.
Factors Affecting Treatment
Body weight- The dosage depends on the
weight of the patient hence the efficacy of the
medication will also depend on following the
Severity of infection- The treatment of ear
infections depends on the severity hence
Age- The dosage also depends on the age. For
children six years and older, it is likely to be
more effective hence the lower number of days
Possible Reactions & Proper Handling
• Vomiting, diarrhea, & allergic reactions
• They also do not relieve pain
• Keep antibiotic use at the minimum
required to avoid drug-resistant bacteria
• Keep out of reach of children
• Always consult a doctor before
administering antibiotics to your child
The antibiotic treatment is necessary for:
1. Infants six months or younger
2. Children with 102.2 Fahrenheit temp or
3. Babies between 6 months and 2 years
with moderate to severe ear pain (Coker
et al., 2010).
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