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.
More Medical History Mysteries videos:
- Analgesics for pediatric patients
- Local anesthetics for pediatric patients
- How to safely treat your breastfeeding patients
- What’s the safest local anesthetic for pregnant patients?