Prednisone safe while BFing 8 month old?

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Prednisone safe while BFing 8 month old?
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 4:49pm

Hi all, I have an ear infection and the dr prescribed amox. and prednisone. I have 20mg tablets and the instructions are to take 3 tablets each morning for 2 days, then 2 tablets each morning for 2 days. When I searched on google, the site I found said that it was probably safe up to 40mg per day, but this will be 60mg for 2 days. Does anyone know if that's okay? I am in a lot of pain. It's listed as L2 on kellymom.

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Wed, 03-28-2012 - 6:04pm
If the entire treatment is only 4 days, I wouldn't bat an eye taking it. I have been on prednisone in the past for a completely different reason and when I got pregnant my specialist reassured me that if I needed it while BFing it would be safe to take in the short term, ie 6 to 8 weeks or less. If I misunderstand and you would be on it longterm then that is different.
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 10:17am
Jill, it's great to see you around these parts. Bottom line is it's probably fine. I was reading the Hale's entry for prednisone and it seemed pretty optimistic on doses up to 80mg for short periods of time. However, to set your mind at ease, I would suggest calling Hale's InfantRisk Center just to get the word from the horse's mouth. The number there is (806)-352-2519 and they're very helpful and can confirm 100% for you. Feel better!
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Registered: 04-21-2004
Sun, 04-08-2012 - 9:35pm
Weird, I am only seeing your (Dana's) response now--it didn't send me an email notification. Maybe because it says you replied to the pp and not me? Anyway, thanks for your help! I did end up taking it because I figured even if some did get to the baby, it probably wouldn't harm him (don't some babies take steroids for other things sometimes?). I felt better within an hour of taking it!
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 04-09-2012 - 8:40am
I'm not sure because I never set notifications personally since I'm here every day. I'm glad you are feeling better!
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