Omnicef for Infants

If your infant has certain bacterial infections, your child's healthcare provider may prescribe Omnicef® (cefdinir). This prescription medication is approved for use in infants as young as six months old. In infants, Omnicef is used to treat the same infections as those in adults.
 
When using Omnicef in infants, the dosage will be based on several factors, such as age and weight, existing medical conditions, and other medications the child is taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and supplements).
 
For example, the dosage for infants can vary from 7 mg per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), taken twice a day, to 14 mg per kilogram of body weight, taken once a day, for 5 to 10 days. Infants should generally be limited to 600 mg or less of Omnicef per day.
 
Omnicef comes in the form of tablets or a liquid. Make sure that your child completes the entire prescription of Omnicef, even if he or she starts feeling better. This will ensure that the infection is completely treated.
 
(Click Omnicef Uses and Omnicef Dosage for more detail on giving this drug to infants. These articles also describe the specific uses of Omnicef and outline tips for how to safely use this medication.)
 
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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