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Category: Paeds on-call

A brief summary of things you need to remember when seeing a patient in Paediatric ward or A&E.

Penicillin (BetaLactam) allergy

Infections are very common in the Paediatric age group. Beta lactam (Penicilin) antibiotics remain the first line of choice for antibiotics, if required. They are very safe, cheap and narrow spectrum. It was fortunately the first antibiotic to be discovered and remains the safest amongst all others. Many children are thought to react in form of a rash, to penicillin group of antibiotics and get labelled as ‘penicillin allergic’, though the actual incidence is very low. Subsequently they are given alternative antibiotics which are more expensive, have major side effects… Read more Penicillin (BetaLactam) allergy