Fortaz is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs). Fortaz works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.
Fortaz is approved for use in children, even in newborns. Because the Fortaz dosage used in children is based on weight, it is important that your healthcare provider has an accurate weight for your child. It may be best to actually weigh the child, since a child's weight frequently changes.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than treating the infections discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Using Fortaz to treat other types of infections or to prevent any type of infection is an off-label use. For instance, Fortaz is sometimes prescribed off-label to prevent surgical infections.