If you have ever been prescribed antibiotics for a bacterial infection, you have probably been given amoxicillin or Augmentin (amoxicillin clavulanate) at one time or another. If your child has ever needed antibiotics, both may have been prescribed. Amoxicillin is often the first antibiotic prescribed for common infections like ear infections and strep throat. It is typically used in young children because it is effective against many common childhood bacterial infections and doesn't have many severe side effects. By adding a beta-lactamase blocker to amoxicillin, Augmentin is able to overcome resistance to harder-to-treat bacteria, broadening the spectrum of infections it can treat. It is for this reason that Augmentin is referred to as a broad-spectrum antibiotic. If you have an infection and don't necessarily know which bacteria is causing it, it may seem to make sense to use an antibiotic that would kill the most bugs. Another, even more pressing concern is that using broad spectrum antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. George's University of London ran a global comparison of antibiotic use and found few physicians prescribe amoxicillin to treat common childhood infections and instead use antibiotics for specific infections, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. For the study, researcher analyzed whole antibiotic sales in 70 high and middle income countries in 2015. Researchers identified antibiotics used by young children by using the IQVIA-Multinational Integrated Data Analysis System database. Researchers estimated antibiotic use by using the 2017 WHO EMLc Access, Watch, Reserve antibiotic groups. In 2017, the World Health organization divided antibiotics into three categories: access, watch and research. These categories help ensure physicians prescribe the right antibiotics for the right infections. Researchers found the watch category, or antibiotics used for a specific infection, made up 20 percent of the total antibiotic consumption. The watch antibiotic category holds a higher risk of developing antibiotic resistance. The report indicated use of access antibiotics on average made up 76 percent of child-appropriate antibiotic prescriptions in all countries. The WHO said amoxicillin, an access antibiotic, should be used first, before other antibiotic treatments. "This is the first attempt at developing simple metrics of global child community antibiotic use based on the WHO’s grouping. The data can be used by countries to assess their antibiotic use patterns for young children.
Detailed Amoxicillin dosage information for adults and children. Includes dosages for Urinary Tract Infection, Sinusitis, Bronchitis and more;. Many days as you were told to give this medication. Amoxicillin Dosage Chart for Children*. Amoxicillin oral liquid. 400 mg per 5 mL per teaspoon. Weight lbs.