Medical History Mysteries: Antibiotics for pediatric patients

March 30, 2022
When prescribing antibiotics for pediatric dental patients, is there a protocol to follow for safe dosing? Drs. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and Tom Viola talk about what information to find out before you prescribe an antibiotic.

What antibiotics can we safely prescribe for children? In previous episodes of Medical History Mysteries, we’ve talked about providing local anesthesia for children as well as prescribing analgesics for the pediatric population. Now, let’s move on to antibiotics.

While you may wish there was one antibiotic or one antibacterial agent that would be best for pediatric patients versus adults, that’s simply not the case. The absorption capabilities of children differ from that of adults. When doing dosing adjustments for kids, we never want to make assumptions.

In this video, we’ll talk about how to stay current with the guidelines, what to look for in the patient’s medical history, and what questions we need to ask about allergies and other systemic conditions to be sure the antibiotic is not contraindicated in that patient.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Through the Loupes newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe to Through the Loupes.