There are few if any reasons for using tetracycline drugs in children less than 8 years old. This class of antibiotics is capable of producing many adverse effects, two of which are specific for younger children and one of which is irreversible. Accordingly, it is difficult to justify the continued availability of drop or syrup formulations of tetracyclines. As long as they continue to be marketed, physicians who care for children should make every effort to discourage their use and curtail prescribing tetracycline for pediatric patients.
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