My son has had a cough for 2months now he is only 3 months old I have had him in and out of the hospital for it they all said the same thing it is a virus it will have to pass on its own. I took him once again to the dr today they gave him an x-ray an said it was phenumiona and gave him a shot of rocephin and plan to give him another tom. i've looked it up on line and it says not to give it to babies is it safe for him?
I looked it up on the Ask Dr. Green site, and he recommends the drug but does say that using that broad an antibiotic should be reserved for very serious cases. Not because it harms babies but because it is a last line of defense, and he doesn't want big populations using it casually and then getting Rocephin-resistant infections that can't be treated at all. This is a good point about overuse of an antibiotic, but a 3-month-old with pneumonia is by definition a serious case. You are within your rights to ask if there is another antibiotic that can be used; the harm might be if he comes up with an antibiotic-resistant infection later and Rocephin won't help. You have to balance the risk of that happening with the seriousness of his pneumonia now.
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