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My 4 year old son who weighs 43 lbs has an ear infection. How much amoxicillin 125 mg per 5 ml should I give him? And how often?

The physician should have had the directions on the prescription for the amoxicillin (Amoxil). The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends amoxicillin for moderate to severe ear infections. This is due to the resistance bacteria have developed to this drug. Augmentin (amoxicillin with clavulanate) is the suggested replacement drug.

The previous recommended dosing for infants and children was 40 mg per kg per day divided into 3 equal doses. Your son is about 19.5 kg so his dose would have been 250 mg 3 times daily. Ten days would be the length of therapy. Please verify the dosing with the pediatrician or pharmacy you from which you obtained the antibiotic.

My 4 year old son who weighs 43 lbs has an ear infection. How much amoxicillin 125 mg per 5 ml should I give him? And how often?

The physician should have had the directions on the prescription for the amoxicillin (Amoxil). The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends amoxicillin for moderate to severe ear infections. This is due to the resistance bacteria have developed to this drug. Augmentin (amoxicillin with clavulanate) is the suggested replacement drug.

The previous recommended dosing for infants and children was 40 mg per kg per day divided into 3 equal doses. Your son is about 19.5 kg so his dose would have been 250 mg 3 times daily. Ten days would be the length of therapy. Please verify the dosing with the pediatrician or pharmacy you from which you obtained the antibiotic.

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