Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Children and medicines

These are just basic information for parents and guardians on giving medicines to children, it is however always best to ask a doctor or a pharmacist first before giving such medicine to your child, as dosage can be harmful if it is too much. My husband is a nurse prescriber and I learned this from him.

Aspirin
, this medicine should not be given to children under 16 years of age. According to NHS, this has now been linked with a rare but dangerous illness. You should also take advice from a doctor if you are breastfeeding before taking aspirin.

Paracetamol is safer, but don’t give to children under 3 months without asking your doctor first. Make sure that you got the right strength for your child as overdosing is dangerous. It is always advice to read the label or check with your pharmacist.

Ibuprofen products especially for children can be given for pain and fever in children over 3 months old. You should check the right dose for your child’s age, and avoid if your child has asthma, unless advice by a doctor. Don’t give adult doses of ibuprofen to children under the age of 12.

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