DD had been on this for an ear infection for 3 days...since it has started, she has had very smelly diarrhea like 3 times a day.. yes she drinks some water but this is just nasty and I am not sure is it a virus or side effect?? I am taking her in on Saturday to see what's up. Anyone else' kid have this response to this medicine before??
Yep, antibiotics will just about always cause loose, stinky stools. Heck, even when I have been on them my kids have had those effects through getting it in the breastmilk. Keep her bottom slathered with diaper cream to protect it from getting burned by the stool and if it turns bright red, chances are yeast is involved. If so, nystatin will clear it right up.
yes my ds has just finished a course of amoxicillin for a chest infection and he has had the stinkiest and loosest stools in his nappies since a day after he started taking it. he has been doing 3 poos a day in his nappies too. hopefully tomorrow should be the last day i see another nappy like he's had and then it will be well on its way out of his system!
First, amoxicillin can cause diarrhea, and this is very common. *However*, another infection (Clostridium difficile) can also be the culprit. How do you tell them apart?
1) Antibiotic associated -- Amoxicillin causes diarrhea in up to 8% of patients. This diarrhea would likely start immediately with initiation of therapy.
2) CDiff -- only starts 3-5 days *after* starting antibiotics. Usually green stools, maybe a low grade fever. Up to 10-15 watery bowel movements per day. Can be serious, and needs new antibiotics to treat (Flagyl).
With an antibiotic you need a probiotic...acidolpholus(sp). Put a capsule (the contents of, however) in the babe's bottle. That is the good bacteria (found in yogurt). Antibiotics kill the bad bacteria as well as the good ones, they don't discriminate!
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