Childrens Medication

Friday, March 05, 2010

Pharmacy shelves are filled with medicines you can buy without a prescription. Parents, in particular, need to be extremely careful when giving these over-the-counter medications to their children. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on how to do this in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Just because a drug is available over the counter doesnt mean its free of side effects. Over-the-counter medications rarely come in one-size-fits-all. Here are some tips to use when giving over-the-counter medicines to children:

Follow any age limits and directions on the label.

Read labels carefully. Some over-the-counter products come in different strengths.

Know the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon. They are very different doses.

Be careful about converting dose instructions. Use a measuring spoon or a dosing cup.

Dont double the dose just because your child seems sicker than last time.

Before you give your child two medicines at the same time, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Never let children take medicine by themselves.

Never call medicine candy to get your kids to take it. If they come across the medicine on their own, theyre likely to remember that you called it candy.

Keep your children safe by following these helpful hints.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.