Amoxicillin for Kids

Amoxicillin for Kids

Amoxicillin is one of the most prescribed antibiotics in the UK. All forms of Amoxicillin used in children come in as powder for oral suspension. Once a prescription is brought to the drugstore, a participant mixes the powder with water to make a suspension.

Sometimes Amoxicillin powder is given to mixing at home when needed as demanded by the parents or prescriber. It is needed to follow the instructions for the reconstitution, which are to be found on the bottle when mixing the powder with water. The volume of water needed to prepare the medicine may be different between several preparations of Amoxicillin. Mixing the antibiotic with the improper quantity of water will cause an incorrect dose given to the patient.

Most Amoxicillin preparations for children have a shelf life of 7 days when mixed with water. They may be given one bottle of already mixed Amoxicillin suspension and another bottle when the treatment length is longer than 7 days. Portion supply is given to make sure that both bottlers of the antibiotic do not go out of date at the end of the treatment. Patients can demand to take the second bottle away with them to mix it at home. 

Where Is Amoxicillin For Kids Used? 

Amoxicillin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for the treatment of infections caused by a wide range of bacteria including: 

  • An infection of the middle ear (otitis media) 
  • Bacterial sinusitis 
  • Cystitis 
  • Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Dental infections 
  • Tonsillitis with a bacterial infection 

Flavors for Amoxicillin for Kids

Occasionally, parents ask if a particular formulation of Amoxicillin comes in a certain flavor. It is not possible to choose the flavor of a prescribed antibiotic. Usual flavors of Amoxicillin include: 

  • Banana 
  • Orange 
  • Fruity 
  • Lemon 

These flavors come from all formulations of Amoxicillin suspension. If you need the information about the flavor, speak to the pharmacy team, before the medicine is reconstituted. Information is usually provided inside the information leaflet. Pharmacies may store more than one version of Amoxicillin, which may be of the same or different flavor. 

Amoxicillin Recommended Doses for Children

Carefully follow the directions from your doctor for the dose. Dosage may be different and may depend on the severity of the infections and the type of infection treated. Amoxicillin is usually taken 3 times a day, every eight hours. 

The following dosages are recommended for the treatment of infections such as ear infections, oral infections, or sinusitis.

The dosage of Amoxicillin depends on the weight of the baby: 

  • For Child 1 to11 months: The dose is 125 mg to be taken 3 times a day. The dose is increased if needed up to 30 mg/kg to be taken 3 times a day.
  • For Child 1 to 4 years: The dose is 250mg to be taken 3 times a day. The dose is increased if needed up to 30 mg/kg to be taken 3 times a day.
  • For Child 5 to 11 years: The dose is 500 mg to be taken 3 times a day. The dose is increased if needed up to 30 mg/kg to be taken 3 times a day.
  • For Child 12 to 17 years: The dose is 500 mg to be taken 3 times a day. The dose is increased if needed up to 1 g to be taken 3 times a day. The increased dosage is used in severe infections.

The duration of treatment with this medication is usually 5-14 days. However, longer treatment may be needed depending on the type of infection treated. Follow the directions of your doctor and even if the symptoms are resolved always complete the course of antibiotics.  

Possible Side Effects

The use of Amoxicillin is along with potential side effects. Common side effects may include: 

  • Skin rash 
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

If any of these side effects persist or get worse, call your doctor or call for medical assistance right away.

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