Medicines That May Cause a Rash in Children
Children react to medicines in different ways. Some kids may get a rash. Some meds that can cause this problem are:
- Alternative and herbal medicines, such as echinacea
Antibiotics, including cephalosporins (such as Cefzon), penicillin, or sulfonamides (such as Bactrim)
- Anti-seizure medicine, such as carbamazepine, ethosuximide, lamotrigine, phenytoin, and zonisamide
- Barbiturates, such as mephobarbital, metharbital, and phenobarbital
- Contrast dyes used in X-rays and MRIs
- Pain medicationsthat have codeine
If your child gets a rash after starting a new medicine, call the doctor right away. He'll most likely tell you to stop giving the medication and he'll prescribe a different one.
He may also suggest giving your kid an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine. If your child gets a rash from a non-prescription medicine, stop giving it immediately. Call your doctor if you need suggestions for a different drug.