An Overview of the Children’s Antibiotic Skyclav 228 Suspension

Skyclav 228 suspension is an antibiotic combination containing 200mg amoxicillin and 28.5mg clavulanic acid per 5mL. This post summarizes proper usage instructions, dosing, safety issues, side effects and key details for giving this medication to babies and young children.

Appropriate Uses of Skyclav 228 in Kids

Skyclav 228 covers bacterial infections in pediatric patients like:

  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Respiratory infections – pneumonia, bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Skin infections – wounds, abscesses

The powder formulation allows easy mixing into a pleasant strawberry flavored oral suspension for administration in children unable to swallow tablets.

Understanding the Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid Components

Amoxicillin, a penicillin-type antibiotic, stops bacteria from properly forming cell wall outer layers critical for survival. The added clavulanic acid protects the amoxicillin from common defense enzymes some organisms release, overcoming resistance.

This combination has superior bactericidal spectrum coverage compared to amoxicillin alone, hitting more virulent and drug-resistant strains.

Skyclav 228 Suspension Dosing Guidelines

  • All doses determined by body weight in kilograms
  • Usual dose: 25-45mg combined active ingredients per kg divided twice daily
  • Higher dose (severe infections): Up to 70mg/kg daily in 2 doses

Carefully follow medical instructions for your child’s specific required dose amount and properly measure/give.

Who Should Avoid Taking Skyclav 228?

Do NOT give Skyclav 228 if your child:

  • Is penicillin or amoxicillin allergic – high reaction risk
  • Has liver problems or jaundice history
  • Is currently taking methotrexate or probenecid

Use cautiously if your child has underlying kidney dysfunction, inflammatory bowel diseases, concurrent medication use requiring monitoring, or other medical conditions. Seek emergency care for any severe reactions.

Potential Side Effects of Skyclav 228

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Yeast infections
  • Rash or itching
  • Liver function test changes

Immediately report any severe symptoms like widespread hives, puffy eyes/lips, breathing issues or unusual bruising/bleeding. Stopping treatment quickly helps manage antibiotic hypersensitivity reactions before becoming dangerous.

Giving Skyclav 228 Correctly

  • Shake vigorously before each use
  • Give doses with food to reduce stomach upset
  • Refrigerate reconstituted bottle, use within 1 week
  • Administer every 12 hours, spacing evenly
  • Finish all suspension as prescribed

Improperly measuring doses puts kids at risk for insufficient treatment or accidental overdosage. Carefully calculate and double check all administered amounts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Skyclav 228

  1. How long does amoxicillin stay in a child’s system?About 12 hours after the final dose, antibiotic levels reduce by half. It takes over 24 hours to fully clear systemic circulation. Some gut flora changes can persist longer.
  2. Can probiotics help prevent antibiotic diarrhea?Yes. Probiotic supplements can minimize disruption of protective bowel bacteria from antibiotics, reducing risks of diarrhea, yeast infections etc. Discuss options.
  3. Is Skyclav 228 safe for infants under 6 months old?No. Skyclav 228 suspension has NOT been evaluated in children under 6 months old. An alternate pediatric formulation tailored for lower weights in babies under 6 months is recommended instead following medical guidance.
  4. Can my child attend daycare while taking antibiotics?Children should avoid school, daycare and public areas for the first 48 hours when starting new antibiotics pending illness exclusion. After demonstrating response and no fever, most kids can return once feeling well enough to fully participate.
  5. Why mix Skyclav powder into a suspension instead of using tablets?Young kids who can’t swallow pills require properly measured liquid doses tailored to lower body weights. Sweetened suspensions increasecompliance over bitter crushed pills.
  6. How should I store the leftover Skyclav after opening?After reconstituting with water, refrigerate suspension bottles for up to 7 days to retain potency per packaging instructions. Discard outdated antibiotic mixtures no longer needed post-treatment.
  7. What if my child spits out a partial dose?Avoid swallowing rejected doses yourself as transmission risks still exist if illness present. Consider re-administering a replacement portion, rinsing mouth thoroughly after spitting. Minimize overall medication waste.
  8. Where is the cheapest place to fill Skyclav prescriptions?Call area pharmacies to price compare, using insurance drug cost estimators if applicable. Generics are usually more affordable options over branded antibiotics if available for the combination. Also check eligibility for discount programs.
  9. Can my child take related hives medication while on Skyclav?Antihistamine usage does not interfere with antibiotic efficacy. However, avoid OTC cough & cold products without first verifying contents for unnecessary duplicate ingredients that increase overdose risks when paired.
  10. How do I properly dispose of leftover suspension?Return all unused oral antibiotic liquids back to your pharmacy for safe disposal protocols after treatment finishes or discard once expired and no longer needed. Take care to avoid environmental contamination from residues improperly entering landfills or waterways.

Carefully follow medical instructions for accurate Skyclav 228 oral suspension preparation, dosing and administration to pediatric patients to effectively treat the diagnosed infection. Monitoring your child’s symptoms and medication response remains critical. Ask doctors any other questions that arise.