Question about azithromycin dose for child..

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happytoes
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   Posted 7/6/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter had an EM rash pop up last week. After much frustration with her regular pediatrician(s), I finally took her to a lyme literate doctor, who straight away said that it was a classic EM rash.

Anyway, he prescribed 200mg per day for her, for 20 days. Does that sound about right? She's 33 pounds - I saw that the usual recommended dose is 10 mg/kg per day, and if my calculations are correct, than this is a bit more. I'm just totally paranoid right now and am having a hard time trusting doctors!!!

ticker
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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi happytoes.  I am so glad your daughter is getting treatment.  According to page 18 of "Dr. Burrascano's treatment guidelines at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf Zithromax is not recommended for young children.  I don't know if this is true.  Hopefully mothers here can comment.  If you would like the contact information for a wonderful Lyme pediatrician, you can email me.  Maybe he could help and/or consult with your daughter's doctor.

From what I understand, six weeks of the proper dose antibiotic is the minimum treatment time for an infection caught within two weeks of the bite.  If symptoms are still present, further treatment is warranted.  A longer infection needs longer treatment.  Are you sure the doctor you saw is a Lyme doctor?  I don't think 20 days is long enough.  This is the best time to eradicate the infection.

I think we can all understand your mistrust of doctors!


happytoes
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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
blah - I hope that's not true.

I got this doctor's info off the lymenet.com site - he's with a place called the "tick borne illness center", so he better be a lyme literate doc! I also think he is the webmaster or something for another lyme website.

ticker
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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Is this the place in NJ?  If so, I have heard bad things about it.
 
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