Q&A: Can I Take a Medication My Baby Is Allergic to?

If my breastfed baby was diagnosed with an allergy to amoxicillin, can I still take it?
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By Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC , Pediatrician
Updated February 26, 2017
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Many times when a baby is diagnosed with an allergy to a drug, it’s not really an allergy. Babies are too often given antibiotics like amoxicillin for viral illnesses, which can cause rashes, and then the parents are told the baby is allergic to the drug. Babies rarely develop drug allergies — though they can. If the baby is definitely diagnosed with an allergy to amoxicillin, you should not take it or any other penicillin-class antibiotics.

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