Medication Safety for Your Child

Medication Safety for Your Child


and now a safety tip brought to you by
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Comcast cares when your child is ill
medicines can help him get better but they can also hurt him or her if you
don’t use them correctly your child’s doctor or pharmacist can help you give
your child medicines safely ask your child’s doctor nurse or pharmacist to
write down things that you need to know for each medicine your child takes some
things you should know are the name both generic and brand names when needed what
it’s used for and why your child takes it common and important side effects how
to store the medicine each time that you give a medicine to your child read the
label three times to avoid mistakes other things to know about your child’s
medicine include how often to give it what times to give it how much to give
your child how to give it such as by mouth how long your child should take it
when giving your child the medicine by mouth raise your child’s head and
shoulders to help prevent choking do not crush any tablet or open any capsule
unless your child’s doctor or pharmacist says it’s okay teach your child that
medicines are not candy do not use kitchen spoons to measure
your child’s medicine use a pediatric measuring device such as an oral syringe
or dropper you can buy these items at your drugstore watch to make sure your
child takes the entire dose keep all medicines and they’re labelled
containers where your child cannot get to them if possible store them in a
locked cupboard it is important for parents to know what date their child’s
prescribed dose is supposed to be finished and the medicines expiration
date throw away all medicines after this follow the advice on the medicine label
or ask your pharmacist how to dispose of them in addition to prescription
medicines parents should know certain things about over-the-counter medicines
always check with your child’s doctor or pharmacist before giving any
over-the-counter medicines herbs or supplements with any other prescription
medicines check the type strength and dose of the over-the-counter medicine
carefully these medicines come in different forms and strengths look at
the active ingredients section on the medicine label do not use two medicines
at the same time that contain the same active ingredient remember do not use
cough and cold medicines for children under the age of six unless your doctor
tells you to call 911 nearest emergency room right away if
your child shows signs of severe allergic reaction such as hives swelling
of his mouth eyes or face breathing problems wheezing chest tightness or
feelings of faintness or if you have an urgent concern or emergency if your
child is in daycare or school let your child’s teacher and school nurse know
that your child is taking medicine teach your child not to share his medicines
with others as your child gets older teach them about the medicine that they
take help them begin to take their medicine by themselves this safety tip
was brought to you by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Comcast cares

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3 thoughts on “Medication Safety for Your Child”

  • All children get sick. Medicines easily can help them feel better. Some of them don't,because side effects may easily occur if medicines fail to work. Children must seek medical help if colds don't revive after 10 days,have fevers higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit,bloody or black stools,etc.

  • I worked with an African American student named Francesca Smith. She suffers from ADHD and takes Ritalin. Ms. Maria (Inclusion teacher who works @ Lakeshore Elementary) kindly wants me to take the student down to the office,so she can take her medicine which helps her concentrate,stay focused and be successful.

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