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Over The Counter Medications and Children

Do you know how much over the counter medication to give your children?

Is it safe to give you over the counter medication?

How long should your children be taking over the counter medication?

You're a parent in charge of your child’s health. And it's difficult to know what over-the-counter medicines are appropriate for your child. It's critical to learn how to read labels and how to let your child’s symptoms help you decide which medicine is right for them.

General tips to remember when giving using over-the-counter medicines for your child:

Follow the label and do not deviate from its instructions.

Always give the recommended dose and use the correct measuring device.

Use Only the medications that treats your child’s specific symptoms.

Do not use medications longer than the label instructs or give your child higher doses, unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.

Never mix medicines with any of the same active ingredients.

Do not use cough, cold, or allergy medicines to sedate your child.

Do not give children medicine intended for adults.

Unless advised by your doctor, do not give aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents for cold or flu symptoms.

Do not use oral cough and cold medicines in children under four.

If your child develops any side effects or adverse reactions, contact your doctor immediately.

Keep all medicines out of your child’s reach and sight.

Consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider with any questions.

 

 

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