Tetracycline ophthalmic ointment: features of the use of the drug for children
Eye tetracycline ointment is widely used in pediatric practice for the treatment of ophthalmic infections. The drug has proven effective over the years. The substance is included in the list of necessary medicines that the expectant mother should purchase before going to the maternity hospital.
From our article you will learn about the effectiveness of ophthalmic tetracycline ointment, as well as whether tetracycline can be used for children under one year, and how to properly put the product on the child!
Newborns and children under the age of 8 should not be without urgent need to lay the medication for the eyelid. There are less traumatic preparations of a similar antibacterial effect, we are talking about drops.
Drops Tobrex are prescribed for children up to one year, have high effectiveness in fighting infections. It is necessary to instill the drug one drop five times a day.
Floxal is indicated for the treatment of infectious lesions of the visual analyzer in children up to a year.
According to the annotation, for children under one year, up to 2 and up to 3 years old, it is not recommended to use ophthalmic tetracycline ointment. Nevertheless, Russian pediatrics neglects this requirement despite the risk of traumatization and the development of allergic manifestations.
Tetracycline liniment contains antibacterial substance – tetracycline. Not all antibiotics can be used to treat children.
The annotation to the medicine says that the drug can be used from 8 years. However, in domestic medical practice, this age limit is often leveled off.
Pediatricians often prescribe tetracycline substance in case of development of ophthalmic infections even during the period of newborn.
This is because the substance does not cause side effects (except allergic reactions in case of individual intolerance), it is safe, it shows high effectiveness in the fight against infectious agents.
Sometimes mothers mistakenly use instead of eye 1% substance 3%. This dosage is not used to treat ophthalmic infections in children. Through the pores of the skin, it penetrates into the blood and can affect the enamel of the teeth, causing it to darken. It is necessary to strictly follow the prescribed dosing regimen and prescriptions of the pediatrician.
The eye tetracycline ointment 1% contains 10 mg of tetracycline as an active substance, as well as petroleum jelly and lanolin as auxiliary substances. The substance is packed into tubes by 3, 7, and 10 g. In one cardboard bundle there is one tube of the corresponding volume.
Tetracycline ophthalmic ointment is an antibacterial agent of a wide spectrum effects for local use.
The active agent of the ointment is effective in combating the gram-positive and gram-negative flora, as well as rickettsia, pathogens, and ornithosis.
Tetracycline is a bacteriostatic antibiotic from the tetracycline series. It prevents the formation of a bond between t-RNA and ribosomes, it blocks the synthesis of the protein.
Tetracycline is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative microbes, as well as to rickettsia, chlamydia, mycoplasmas, treponema.
The drug is resistant: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sera, most of bacteriiodide strains, fungi, small viruses, group A beta beta-hemolytic streptococcus (including 43% of the strain of pyogenic streptococcus and 73% of the strain of fecal streptococcus).
The mechanism of antimicrobial action of the drug consists in inhibiting the synthesis of protein molecules of microbes.
With the development of infectious eye diseases, a tetracycline one-percent ointment is prescribed for children of any age. However, there are a few contraindications to use this tool.
Hypersensitivity to the antibiotic, and as a consequence the manifestation of allergic reactions is a direct contraindication. Simultaneous administration of tetracycline ointment with other eye liniments is not recommended.
With this indication for the use of a one-percent eye tetracycline ointment are eye diseases of infectious nature in the child: