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Should I give my 10 month old antibiotics? I'm thinking not.....

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happilyeverafta Sat 21-Oct-17 19:05:36

Hi all,

My 10 month old DD started nursery in September and ever since she’s had a chesty cough, snotty nose and cough. It is up and down, have taken her to the doctors twice, no temp, no rattle on her chest and doctor said it’s viral and will take a while to go. I am giving her cough mixture and Vic’s on her feet etc.

He prescribed antibiotics on the first visit but I’ve not given them to her as of yet.

My DM is of course worrying me saying she needs them now but I genuinely think it’s just the ‘nursery illnesses’ and taking a while to go?

So Oh Wise Mumsnetters WWYD?

Mabelface Sat 21-Oct-17 19:10:37

I'd take the advice of the medically trained professional.

LapinR0se Sat 21-Oct-17 19:12:01

The doctor said it was a virus and then prescribed antibiotics? hmm confused

happilyeverafta Sat 21-Oct-17 19:12:27

But aren’t antibiotics for INFECTIONS/BACTERIA?

I dint want her to become immune?

Pinkkahori Sat 21-Oct-17 19:13:53

My dd is prone to chest infections and has asthma. Her wheeze is not always audible and i have often been told she doesn't sound wheeze until they listen carefully with the stethoscope.
Your dd is so young and has bedn sick for a while I'd be giving the antibiotics at this stage.

MongerTruffle Sat 21-Oct-17 19:15:51

I can't believe a doctor, or indeed anyone with common sense, would prescribe antibiotics for a viral infection.

dementedpixie Sat 21-Oct-17 19:16:04

Vicks isn't suitable for under 2s so hope it's the baby version you are using

Wolfiefan Sat 21-Oct-17 19:17:41

Did the GP say something like "if it hasn't cleared by x give antibiotics as it isn't viral?"
I would ask for a phone appointment at the least to clarify.

zzzzz Sat 21-Oct-17 19:19:43

What did the prescribing Dr advise?

elevenclips Sat 21-Oct-17 19:20:39

You should give the antibiotics. I wouldn't hesitate.

brightlightsofblah Sat 21-Oct-17 19:22:47

Presumably you were concerned enough to take dd to the GP twice(!)? Why would you then NOT do what they told you to? Genuinely puzzled sorry.

As an aside your dd has been unwell for the best part of what - 6 or 7 weeks? GPs don't hand out antibiotics for fun you know - give her the medication.

Wispygypsy Sat 21-Oct-17 19:28:13

But if the Dr prescribed ab's on the first visit, surely when you went back for the second visit he assumed you'd already given the antibiotics? So that may have led him to say it's likely viral as he thinks the medication had no effect? Or did he know you hadn't given them?
I'd call the doctor to let him know you haven't used them and ask if he would advise giving them now.

hungoverhippo Sat 21-Oct-17 19:30:49

I wouldn't and would just monitor how she is closely. In my experience Drs are far too quick to give out antibiotics as a quick solution IMHO (and I don't say that lightly). I've been prescribed it twice for my DD, both times it was definitely a virus. But I felt so much guilt deciding what to do with the antibiotics!

Hmmalittlefishy Sat 21-Oct-17 19:30:52

Why go to the Dr if you aren't going to take the advice??

Hmmalittlefishy Sat 21-Oct-17 19:31:45

You've taken up 2 Dr's appointments and presumably a pharmacists time to make up the antibiotics and passed it on to the other children in nursery

strawberrypenguin Sat 21-Oct-17 19:32:16

Doctors don’t give out antibiotics unless they think they are needed so yes I would give them. Also don’t believe a doctor would say it was viral and then prescribe them. There but have been a good reason for the antibiotics.

hungoverhippo Sat 21-Oct-17 19:33:27

I also agree with Wispy though, you should call the GP if you don't use them to talk through your decision.* Or to ask for clarification which is what I wished I had done.*

Ttbb Sat 21-Oct-17 19:33:37

So you went to a doctor, didn't take their advice and now you are surprised that she is still sick. It's no mystery why you aren't a doctor yourself.

slimyslitheryslug Sat 21-Oct-17 19:35:32

Did he really say it was viral & then prescribe abx? That doesn't make sense. If he did prescribe them, why haven't you given them to DD? They're probably out of date now so you'll need to go & get fresh Ines which will waste another appt & cost of a prescription.
Yes, there is an abx crisis looming but GPS are aware of this and won't prescribe unless they have to. The good news is that, in many cases, abx continue to be effective & we don't have to suffer for weeks at a time.

thenewaveragebear1983 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:39:31

Often if these things linger, it's because a virus has then led to a secondary infection? We've been given AB before after several weeks of snot. I would definitely take them/give them to dc if they've been prescribed.

mindutopia Sat 21-Oct-17 19:40:46

Sadly, it's very typical for GPs to prescribe antibiotics to get you out of their office and from taking up precious appt time they think is being unjustifiably taken up for a cold (sounds harsh, but it's true). There are whole initiatives in the NHS now to try to re-train them so they stop doing this, but it's the path of least resistance, rhetorically speaking (even if it's creating massive antibiotic resistance).

Mine had a chesty cough from about October until May her first winter at nursery. It's just what happens. Very likely it is just a virus that's lingering and I wouldn't give antibiotics. The only time mine truly needed them that first year it was really obvious. She got a temp, really bad chesty cough, and was listless, would just sleep on me all day and barely even wake to eat. Then she really did have a bacterial infection and the antibiotics made a massive difference. A cough with no temp and otherwise seeming fine (grumpy, but not sleeping all day) probably doesn't warrant them.

SparklyUnicornPoo Sat 21-Oct-17 19:47:08

if the doctor prescribed antibiotics I would give antibiotics, the doctor knows way more than a load of randoms on MN because they have had years of medical training and have actually seen your DD

MeatAndPotato Sat 21-Oct-17 19:47:27

OP your DD will not become immune to antibiotics by having one dosageconfused.

You will need to make her another appointment with your DR and tell her/him why you never followed the advice given to you previously or followed through on the antibiotics that was prescribed. And get more, and give them to DD as directed. Follow your DR’s advice in future.

Oly5 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:47:45

Without a lot of testing, it’s actually very difficult to work out which of these infections are vital and which are bacterial. The GP has taken an educated guess that it’s viral but given you antibiotics in case your dc doesn’t get better in case it’s bacterial.
They’ve adopted a common-sense approach.
Look, young children die from infections that are overlooked - look up the case of William Mead. If he’d ben prescribed antibiotics in time by his GP he’d probably have lived.
I would give your child the antibiotics in case it’s bacterial or has Turned bacterial

Oly5 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:48:40

*viral not vital

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