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Barbara J. Ehler

Pediatrician

Dr. Barbara J. Ehler is a top Pediatrician in Green River, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Barbara J. Ehler is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Barbara J. Ehler is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Barbara J. Ehler is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Green River, Wyoming, Dr. Barbara J. Ehler is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Barbara J. Ehler
  • Green River, Wyoming
  • University J.E. Purkinje
  • Accepting new patients

Is it safe to give antibiotics to a baby for a cough?

To use antibiotic for child's cough would be appropriate if: 1. the child has proved pneumonia on CXR 2. the child has suspected/verified pertussis 3. the child was exposed READ MORE
To use antibiotic for child's cough would be appropriate if:
1. the child has proved pneumonia on CXR
2. the child has suspected/verified pertussis
3. the child was exposed to histoplasmosis, aspergilosis, etc
4. the child has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis
5. the child has known sickle cell disease and has fever and chest pain
6. the child is immunocompromised and does not take prophylactic antibiotics, or - prophylaxis is being taken, but now the child develop also fever
7. the child has hx of exposure to TB and positive tuberculin/equivalent test

The use of antibiotics is not appropriate for the common cold, most viral infections and uncomplicated influenza with no other underlying disorder or risk factors.
This is not entirely complete answer, just a few points to start considering

As always, good thorough history including EPIDEMIOLOGIC history (traveling, contact, immunization status + exposure) and physical exam will lead to correct diagnosis and treatment in > 95% of cases considering that the MD is not forced to practice assembly line medicine (= 15 minutes with computer and 3-5 minutes with patient and parents). Any more questions? Feel free to ask.