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Posted by Sandra Kao on December 04, 2000 at 16:22:11:

Ever since an accident that occurred 6 months ago, my 4-year old son has undergone 4 fillings (for cavities), 2 root canals, and seemingly endless antibiotics. During rough playing with his friends outside, his two front teeth were knocked in. They eventually moved back into place, but one of the teeth darkened, and an infection developed. A root canal, along with 14 days of penicillin cleared up the infection. Shortly thereafter (approx 5 weeks later), an infection developed in the other tooth. Another root canal was performed, and he is now on his 16th day of the same antibiotic (Penicillin VK). I am worried that within a period of less than three months, he has taken a total of 30 days of penicillin (4 doses per day). The second infection doesn't seem to be responding as well to the antibiotic, and has not yet cleared up. Can this be an indication that he is developing a resistance to the penicillin? Now, the dentist is prescribing another antibiotic (Clyndamyacin). If this does not clear up the infection, then the tooth will have to come out. Does this all sound like proper procedure? Should I be worried that he is taking such a large amount of antibiotics in a short period of time, when he is at such a young age? I also feel terrible every time I give him this medicine b/c it upsets his stomach, and he complains about not feeling well. It's difficult having to reassure my son that all of this medicine is the best for him, when I'm not even sure myself.

Your advice is greatly appreciated...

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