All About Antibiotics

What Are the Side Effects?

Sidestep Side Effects

Antibiotic-related side effects are often mild and can be treated with home or over-the-counter remedies.

  • Diarrhea Probiotics, such as acidophilus and lactobacillus (the "good" bacteria that we need in our digestive tract), are naturally occurring in yogurt; so while babies are on antibiotics, if they're old enough to eat dairy products, it's a good idea to give them yogurt. Probiotics also come over the counter in capsule form, so you can open them up and sprinkle them onto baby food or into bottles, as directed by your doctor.
  • Diaper Rash Yeast infections can develop, because antibiotics don't just kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria that keep yeast away. Taking probiotics can lessen the likelihood of a yeast-related diaper rash.
  • Discoloration of Stool or Urine Red discoloration is common. Be careful not to confuse it with blood. Ask your physician if this will be an expected side effect. No treatment is required for it.
  • Sun-Sensitivity Rash Using sunscreen or avoiding sunlight is recommended with certain antibiotics.

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