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Question:
My daughter age 6 has what the ER advises is an abcessed tooth. Her Doctor said it was a viral infection. In the ER I could see the hole in her tooth. They have given her a shot of antibotics and a 10 day supply of augmentin. The whole side of her face is swollen including around her eye. She seems to be in pain I am giving her Junior Motrin for her fever and for the pain. Yet she does not like to take meds. It takes us 30 to 45 minutes to get the 3 pills in her. Then another 30 minutes to get her to drink the augmentin. Are the Doctors treating this right? They said that I need to see a DDS as soon as the infection clears. Is that right or should I try to get there Monday. It is Saturday now. What else can I dofor her?...Darlene

Answer:
Darlene, whenever the periorbital region (eye) is swollen and the eye is puffy/swollen, go to the emergency room ASAP. Oral antibiotics will not take care of the infection! You need IV antibiotics and need to be admitted. Contact your pediatric dentist and let him/her know what has transpired and once released, have them remove the abcessed tooth. This is something that needs to be addressed.

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