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Kids can use doxycycline without significant teeth staining

Physicians can have more confidence giving kids under age 8 an antibiotic treatment for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that is associated with teeth staining in youth, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

BY MICHELLE MANCHIR

In the study, "No Visible Staining in Children Treated with Doxycycline for Suspected Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever," 58 children who received doxycycline as treatment for suspected Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever were compared with 213 children who had never received the antibiotic. Researchers observed no staining in any of the exposed children's teeth and no significant difference in tooth shade between the two groups.

This is remarkable because doxycycline, a newer medication in the tetracycline class, is the preferred treatment for RMSF in patients of all ages, according to researchers. However, tetracyclines have long been linked with staining and enamel hypoplasia of developing teeth in young children.

The study results mean physicians should have confidence giving doxycycline to kids under 8 with suspected Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (SOUIRCE: ADA News)

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