In a home first-aid kit, there must be a drug that can absorb toxic substances in case of poisoning. This is especially true if there is a small child in the house. The most common and effective is activated carbon.
Activated carbon is a universal drug that is used in the treatment of not only adults, but also young children. Its practical application is due to its ability to neutralize and remove from the body most of the toxins known to medicine. In addition, activated charcoal is considered a harmless drug that is not capable of causing reactions such as allergies, a common side effect of pharmacological treatment.
However, you cannot use activated charcoal on your own in treating a baby. The remedy is prescribed by a pediatrician depending on the existing indications. So, with the help of coal, you can cleanse the body in case of poisoning.
Often, coal is used in the presence of intestinal colic and pain in the abdomen, dysbiosis. However, it should be remembered that treatment with activated charcoal is not recommended for children under one year old, since the drug literally flushes out such necessary substances as vitamins and minerals along with toxins.
In the first months of life, activated charcoal is prescribed only in case of serious poisoning, accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea.
The dosage of the drug is individual and is determined by the weight of the baby. For every kilogram of body weight, it is recommended to take 0.05 g of activated carbon. Usually, the drug is prescribed three times a day, 2 hours after feeding.
It is necessary to strictly follow the recommendations of the pediatrician in order to avoid the deterioration of the child's condition due to the leaching of nutrients. The course of treatment with activated carbon lasts 3-7 days.
Do not give your child other medications at the same time as activated charcoal. Charcoal will neutralize their action and medicines will be useless.
Currently, the drug is available in the form of powder, paste, capsules, and also in tablet form. You should choose the shape that best suits your child. The most effective is a suspension made of powder and water. It can be purchased at a pharmacy or prepared by yourself by dissolving the required amount of powder in warm boiled water.
You can use tablets by first crushing them and mixing them with water. Give a suspension to the baby from a spoon. This method of taking activated carbon is shown for children up to two years of age. Older children can take capsules or tablets. Constipation is often a side effect of treatment. Usually, the doctor gives advice on how to adjust the diet to avoid this problem.
Activated carbon is also used to treat allergic reactions when diagnosing atopic dermatitis, conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis. Especially often the drug is used during rehabilitation, when the body is recovering.
The duration of the course of taking the drug and its dosage are determined by the allergist for each specific case. The manifestations of allergic reactions and the reasons for their development are quite diverse. That is why it is impossible to justify the intake of activated carbon, based on general recommendations.