Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria. Bacteria can cause some skin problems or conditions. They can also lead to problems like acne and impetigo. There are many types of antibiotics. Each works a little differently and acts on different types of bacteria. Your doctor will decide which medicine will work best for your child.
You can put an antibiotic ointment or cream on your child's skin. Or your child can take pills by mouth to kill bacteria in the skin or pores.
This type of medicine is not used to treat skin problems that are caused by viruses or allergies. But sometimes bacteria get into a skin problem your child already has. Then your child may need antibiotics.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Many children do not have side effects. But sometimes they have problems, such as:
If the side effects bother your child, ask your doctor if there is another antibiotic that will work as well but will not cause these effects.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 5, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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