Side effects of antibiotics

Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Side effects of antibiotics

Usually children are prescribed antibiotics which will not have any side-effects. But sometimes, a child may develop a few side-effects because of them. It is better to understand them and treat it at the right time.

The most common side effects of antibiotics are:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Bloating and indigestion
  • Severe watery diarrhoea and abdominal cramps
  • Allergic reactions like shortness of breath, swelling of lips/face/tongue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rashes

Initial symptoms of anaphylaxis are often the same as a mild allergic reaction. They include:

  • Feeling lightheaded or faint
  • Breathing difficulties – such as fast, shallow breathing
  • Whistling sound while breathing
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Sticky skin
  • Confusion and anxiety
  • Collapsing or losing consciousness
  • In rare cases, an antibiotic can cause a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Reducing side effects of antibiotics:

Take Antibiotics as directed by your paediatrician: Some antibiotics should be taken only with water. But many others need to be taken with food, which can relieve stomach ache — a common side effect of antibiotics.

Complete the course of medication: Give your child the entire prescribed course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms clear up. If you stop giving the medication mid-course, the infection could linger and the bacteria may become resistant, setting you up for more problem.

Take a Probiotic: Many antibiotics can cause soft stools or diarrhoea. That’s because they may kill some “good” bugs along with the bad, throwing off the delicate balance of bacteria in your intestine. You can give your child probiotic buttermilk.

Talk to Your Doctor: Contact your physician if your child develops more serious side effects of antibiotics, including:

  • Severe watery diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • White patches on your tongue
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Allergic reactions, such as a rash, shortness of breath, and swelling of the lips or tongue

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