reaction to amoxicillan: diarrhea and severe diaper rash

Ursula - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My poor 4.5 month old somehow got a kidney infection and had to have a powerful antibiotic injection with a follow up of amoxicillan for 10 days. We are on day 3 and she has had diarrhea for 2 days and a diaper rash started up right away as well! Her diaper rash is sooo bad! I'm using maximum strength Desitin and triple antibiotic on the rash and trying to let her air dry as much as possible. Anyone else experience this sort of reaction? When I called the nurse, she said the dr. probably will not change the antibiotic she is on and will say it's really important for her to finish it. But I cannot see 10 days of this!! Waiting for a reply from my pediatrician still.

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Amanda - posted on 03/04/2011

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yes its normal for them to get diarrhea are you sure the nappy rash isnt a fungal infection ???

Kandy - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son had loose stool when he was on amoxicillan as well but no other reactions.
For the horrible diaper rash you can easily make what they used to call "Magic Butt Cream" Add in equal amounts, Caldesene powder( some use baby powder), triple rash paste (name varies), mint malox, and an anti-yeast medication (they always used to use nystatin) but I have heard of people using Lomotrin as well. You can use more or less malox depending on what consistency you like the most. I know it sounds weird but the mint malox helps cool and sooth the skin from the acids that is in fecal matter. I know it sounds weird but my mother works in a Dr office pharmacy and they prescribe this all of the time. It helps the rash from turning into a yeast rash and it also helps treat the existing yeast rashes.

Ursula - posted on 02/18/2011

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such good advice! Now an additional side effect is going on I think? 3 nights this week she has started to cry uncontrollbly at aroun 7:30 pm. She sounds like she's in pain, so we give her tylenol, but until it has time to kick in, she's just unconsolable! We give her the amox at around 10 am and 10 pm. Don't know if her tummy is just upset around 7:30 or what! Started the probiotics yesterday. she has had 1/3 of a capsule for 2 days and diarrhea still hasn't stopped! Ugh! Just frustrated and venting...

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2011

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My daughter had a reaction to Amoxicillan, it took 7 days for her to get a reaction but she broke out in a rash that covered her body! we didnt know what it was, but we ended up taking her to the ER and found out she is allergic, if your dr won't do something about it you can always get a quick response from the hospital. Everyone thought she had chicken pox but the drs all said it was a reaction to the medication.

Amanda - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son did not have this reaction to Amoxicillin, but he did have it to another antibiotic. What I found most helped my son's diaper rash was a soak in the tub as often as possible. My son's doc wouldn't change his antibiotic either, and it is important for people to complete the full cycle of an antibiotic or the bacteria build up resistances to it, so your child will have a kidney infection and a sore bum!

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Miranda - posted on 02/26/2014

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I am having this same problem. My son will be 4 months and just had surgery to repair a cleft lip. They put him on amoxicillan as well for 2 times a day for 14 days and we are on day 4. Seems like just as soon as I change his diaper he goes again so its really difficult to keep him dry when hes constantly going. His poor lil bum is so red and ive tried desitin, monkey butt paste, boudreauxs butt paste and even baby powder and nothing is working. Calling dr today cause this is crazy. He is so miserable. I cant see going another 10 days like this either.

Ursula - posted on 03/03/2011

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Just an update on the latest. Her ped. said that kidney infections are not common for babies so young (she was 4 1/2 mos at the time) and so is sending us to radiology for her to have an ultrasound on her kidney, and also a test that involves injecting dye in her urinary tract to see where the urine goes to see if it is going to the kidney. I thought one of the moms on here had mentioned that her daughter had to have this test and then had to have surgery due to this condition. Any of you know much about this?

Renae - posted on 02/20/2011

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Its a common reaction to amoxicilan. Most nappy creams are not proper barrier creams. Try old fashioned nappy paste (from most chemists) it is very thick and does not wash off, though it can be difficult to apply to already sore skin. You can also get a product called Conveen made by Coloplast, it is not a nappy cream, it is a hospital grade barrier cream, it also comes in a spray but the cream works better. However, you will probably have to go to a hospital pharmacy to get it or wait for your local pharmacy to order it in, or call around until you find one that stocks it. If you cant find conveen where you are, there will be something that they use in hospitals for babies with high levels of acidity in their poo to protect their skin from burning - call a children's hospital, ask to speak to the head nurse in the infants ward and ask them what they use. I have found doctors and paeds completely useless for this sort of thing, you need a paediatric nurse - I guess since they are the ones changing the nappies so they know what to use.

Rebekah - posted on 02/19/2011

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Unfortunately, I think that's pretty common. When I worked at a daycare center I always knew which child were on amoxicillan b/c of their diarrhea and diaper rash.

Lil - posted on 02/19/2011

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I would most certainly go back to the doctor
it seems like it maybe a reaction Of the injection which i feel may do her more harm than good
Again i would seek professional help as at the hospitals see what they say as don't Like the idea of the Diarrhea Just may mean that you will have to try something different
but have it all checked out
Lil Keen

April - posted on 02/18/2011

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yeah i would definitley call the doc about the rash if it still hasnt gone away. i dont know what else to tell you. my son kind of did the same thing, he would just get really upset and i couldnt calm him down, but i found a toy that he never really noticed before and gave it to him, and he took to it and it kept his attention and calmed him down

Aicha - posted on 02/18/2011

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Diarrhea is a very common reaction to antibiotics, and yeast rashes are too, just hang in there ask the doctor to give you some nystatin cream for the rash

April - posted on 02/17/2011

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my son just had a double ear infection and was on amoxicillin for 10 days also...the first few days were the worst...atleast 3 blowouts of diarrhea a day and severe diaper rash...i tried everything and i mean everything. i would leave his diaper off for about 20 minutes at a time and i changed his diaper like once every hour to hour and a half just to make sure he was dry and it went away a couple of days after that. they wouldnt change his antibiotic either. my friend told me there is something you can buy over the counter, its a powder for babies that i think you mix in with their medicine...i forget the name of it, but she said it was like 30 bucks at walgreens or cvs. if her rash doesnt go away in the next couple of days and you've tried everything i would definitley call the dr because there are creams they prescribe for severe rashes like that. hope she gets better soon :( poor babies..and poor mommies!!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2011

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word of warning: if it is a yeast rash, which it likely is, the corn starch will make it worse.

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2011

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My son it also gets diarrhea when on amoxicallan. Corn starch does wonders for a diaper rash.

Fiona - posted on 02/17/2011

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My son is always on antibodic's but i have stopped giving him Amoxicillan due to him and his allergies to it.

Alice - posted on 02/17/2011

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my daughter is allergic to that antibodic .she had all the signs but she turned red and passed out,she was 1 yr at the time and we took her to the er and they changed her meds to something less stronger.i would give her yogurt cuz she could have a yeast infection.hope she gets better

Kandy - posted on 02/17/2011

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I have not found where it comes pre-mixed. I wish that it would though. I know that every once in a while a pharmacy is willing to mix it for you but they are hard to find. I looked on line and you can find tons of recipes but no actual product.

Ursula - posted on 02/16/2011

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Thanks ladies! She is not on any solids yet, but I just picked up a probiotic capsule that I will mix into her formula. As for all the creams, etc. I just heard about the "Magic Butt Cream" concoction tonight at a mom's group. My question: why isn't this available already mixed together? Kandy, any idea if there is such a thing in the US? I had no idea this was so common, and it sure would've been nice for my ped. to have told me about these possible side effects. Ugh!

Sarh - posted on 02/16/2011

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I know Pedialyte is, it is here to. Nystatin however is not, we have to have a prescription same thing with straight zinc oxide.. I know you can get that OTC some places, but here not even the pharmacists has it, you have to order it through the pharmacy.

Stifler's - posted on 02/16/2011

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Pedialyte is just on the shelf here. You can go pick it up and take it to the checkout. My kid has had amoxycillin and all that stuff sounds like a serious reaction to me.

Sarh - posted on 02/16/2011

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Well, yea if the child wont drink pedialyte at all which I haven't heard of that until now, then gatorade would be the next thing to try, but a child who will drink pedialyte should only have pedialyte and not sports drinks.
It's not OTC here in WI... it's amazing what is OTC and what is not and not so far away either!

Holly - posted on 02/16/2011

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Her doctor advised me to give her gatorade because she will not drink pedialyte at all. And I live in Ontario, it is an over the counter drug, which is why it is not covered by my drug plan.

Sarh - posted on 02/16/2011

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Holly where do you live that you can get Nystatin OTC?
And NO gatorade or sports drinks, only pedialyte, the sugars in the gatorade will only DEhydrate her more!

Rachael - posted on 02/16/2011

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the reason the Dr. may not seem too eager to see her is that it is a typical reaction to antibiotics. the rash is likely a yeast infection. If you are breastfeeding be ware of possible thrush infection. To treat the diarrhea increase fluids, and give the medicine with food. If she has had yogurt yet try giving her that and hope she feels better soon!

Holly - posted on 02/16/2011

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My daughter was on ammoxicilian and she had the same symptoms, her rash was so bad it was bleeding. What really worked for me was clotrimazole topical cream, cortate cream(hydrocortison cream usp), nystatin cream, and canesten topical cream-- all bought over the counter at shoppers drug mart. as for the diareah try giving her some pedialyte or gaterade so she doesnt get dehydrated.

Catherine - posted on 02/16/2011

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Also, to add to my previous post, there are several different types of probiotics, but the ones that will help you the most are Lactobacillius and Acidophilus. The brand name I used was Culterelle. It comes in a capsule that I would just break open and mix into my son's food. I'm not sure if you ever use bottles, but you could probably mix some into them. I'm not sure if you do cereal yet at all, but if you do, there are some available with probiotics mixed in already.

Sarh - posted on 02/16/2011

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That is what is in the yogurt that helps the tummy and reduces/elliminates the diarrhea the PROBIOTICS!! Thanks Catherine!

Catherine - posted on 02/16/2011

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Diarrhea is a very common reaction to antibiotics, and like Jennifer said, yeast rashes are too. Changing antibiotics, although it seems like it would help, may not. My son also gets diarrhea from antibiotics, and as Jennifer suggested, the probiotics helped a lot. That would definitely be something to ask the doctor about.

Stifler's - posted on 02/16/2011

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I would be going back to the doctor and demanding he see this ASAP.

Kristy - posted on 02/16/2011

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My daughter had amoxicillan and got a rash all over her body so the doctor changed her antibiotics, she was around 6 months. At around 20 months she was sick again and was given a diffrent antibiotic and it gave her the runs and made her throw up, it was a different group of antibitoics. After this the next time she was sick there was one more type to try and luckily she didnt have a reaction to them. With the rash try and let her butt get air, put a nappy one or maybe even 2 sizes to big on it, try some cream for a fungal infection, avoid tight clothes on that area and also over the cream for fungal infection try some corn flour. Good luck ,hope she gets better soon.

Sarh - posted on 02/15/2011

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That is what that type of medication does. Anytime my daughter had to be on it I was told to give her yogurt so the bacteria in the yogurt could do something with the medications while it was in her tummy/system. Your bubby is a tad young, but I'd call his pediatrician and ask if you could give her a tiny bit of plain yogurt.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2011

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if the diaper rash is not going away, it is probably a yeast rash which is common with antibiotics. to help treat the diarrhea (anitbiotics are very hard on the tummy), as well as the yeast you should talk to your pharmacist about probiotics for her. probiotics are completely safe for babies (they are recommended routinely for formula fed babies) and available over the counter. the pharmacist can help you with dosage. if it is a yeast rash, topically you can use Lotrimin (used for athletes foot) or a monistat cream.

it is very important to continue as recommended with the antibiotics.

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