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KIDS & MEDICINE

One of the most frightening things as a parent is having a sick child. It’s even worse when you have to figure out a way to get your child to take the medicine he or she needs to get better. Here are some parent and expert tips.

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TEACHING KIDS TO USE MEDICINE SAFELY

This video from an FDA pediatrician is focused on helping parents guide older children who are taking medicine.

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10 TIPS FOR PARENTS

The National Council on Patient Information and Education provides these tips for medication safety around children.

  1. When in doubt, ask first.
  2. Make sure the pediatrician knows about all the OTC medicines your child takes before he or she writes a new prescription.
  3. Know your child’s weight so you can give the proper dose of the medicine as recommended on the product label.
  4. Follow the directions on the label carefully.
  5. Use the specific dropper, dosing cup or other device that comes packaged with your child’s medicine.
  6. If using multiple OTC medicines, watch for both duplicate ingredients and usage.
  7. Give babies and children only those medicines that are especially formulated for their weight and age.
  8. Keep in mind that most OTC medicines are for temporary relief of minor symptoms.
  9. Don't give medicines in the dark.
  10. Teach children that OTC medicines are not candy and they should not touch, sniff, or taste them on their own.

Find these tips in their entirety and more excellent information, including how to read a drug facts label, at Be MedWise.